Sweden boss Janne Andersen has called news of Filip Helander’s knee injury ‘very disappointing’ for the Swedish side but also the Rangers defender after he underwent surgery earlier this week.

Helander was stretchered off during Rangers‘ 2-1 win over St. Johnstone at the weekend and now faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines as the Gers look to defend their Premiership title and Sweden look to secure their spot at next year’s World Cup.

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Rangers boss Steven Gerrard confirmed Helander’s surgery yesterday as he spoke to the media ahead of tonight’s Europa League clash with Lyon and Anderson hopes the defender is back playing quickly.

“It’s really disappointing for us, but above all, it’s really sad for Filip,” Andersen said.

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My hope is that his rehabilitation goes well and he’s back in action as soon as possible.”

Helander had only just forced his way into the starting XI for his country after impressing for Rangers over the last 18 months.

The Swede played a key role last month as they ended Spain’s lengthy run without losing in World Cup qualifying, which stretches back to 1993, and helped the Gers overcome bitter rivals Celtic in the opening Old Firm game of the season.

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With Helander out of action for the foreseeable future, Gerrard will have Leon Balogun and Jack Simpson to deputise for the Swede

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