Ahead of Thursday evening’s Europa League Qualifying second leg against Progres Niederkorn, Steven Gerrard has provided an injury update, as quoted by the Rangers website.
For the most part, it was good news. There’s only one absentee as the Gers return the scene of the most embarrassing European defeat in the club’s history.
Steven Davis misses out with a muscle injury.
“The players are in good shape and have trained really well”, said Gerrard, as quoted by the Rangers website. “We have come over here with a fully-fit squad besides Steven Davis and everyone is focused and tuned-in to finish the job off.”
“[Steven] had a tight hamstring after the Derby game. I think, at a real, big push he could have been with us, but at this stage of the season and such an important player, it’s not worth taking a risk.”
When asked if the Northern Irishman would be available for the Scottish Premiership opener on Sunday, the manager was optimistic: “I think he’ll have a good chance.”
Rangers linchpin Steven Davis a miss in Luxembourg
There’s no doubt losing the veteran midfielder is a blow ahead of a big tie. He strutted his stuff in the first leg at Ibrox, scoring highly in our player ratings.
However, given the two-goal advantage the Gers have going into this fixture and the strength in depth in the squad, his absence shouldn’t change the outcome of the tie.
At near full-strength, Gerrard’s side should be far too strong.
Let’s hope that proves to be the case tomorrow evening in the Grand Duchy. Hopefully, the boys can secure a comfortable aggregate win, before starting the league season off with three points at the weekend.