Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has admitted it “doesn’t look good” for Filip Helander after he was stretchered off with a knee injury in the Gers’ 2-1 win over St. Johnstone this afternoon.
Helander went down clutching his knee after a challenge with Michael O’Halloran and looks almost certain to miss a number of games as the Gers prepare to kick off their Europa League group stage campaign.
Rangers welcome Lyon to Ibrox on Thursday night and Gerrard admits it will be a few days before his staff get a real idea of how bad any damage is.
“I’m concerned,” Gerrard said, speaking to Sky Sports after the 2-1 win.
“He’s with the doctors now getting assessed and he’s got ice on his knee. He’s bandaged up and it doesn’t look good.
“But until we scan it and until we assess it in maybe 24 or 48 hours time, we’re not too sure. Fingers crossed he can come through but we’ve got other defenders who have to step up if he’s missing short, medium or long-term.”
With Helander almost certainly out, Gerrard is hopeful that Connor Goldson will be fit to face Lyon after he was forced into isolation due to Covid.
Gerrard was unsure of exactly when Goldson will be available, suggesting Leon Balogun and Jack Simpson would start against Lyon if he didn’t make it back in time – despite Simpson not being registered to play in the Europa League.
“I’m hoping he’s going to be available. We’ll have to wait and see and speak to the doctors. I’m not sure of the exact timeframe we’re looking at but hopefully, we can have Connor back with us as well.
“But, if not, we’ll go with Jack and Leon who are more than capable.”