Rangers supervisor Steven Gerrard has revealed defender Filip Helander has undergone surgical procedure on a knee harm and shall be lacking “for the foreseeable future”.
Helander suffered the injury in Saturday’s 2-1 win over St Johnstone and required a stretcher to go away the pitch at McDiarmid Park.
The 28-year-old will now miss Thursday’s Europa League match in opposition to Lyon at Ibrox and Gerrard says it is going to be “not less than a couple of months” earlier than the defender returns.
“Helander shall be lacking,” Gerrard stated at his pre-match information convention.
“He has had surgical procedure within the final 24-48 hours to repair a problem that they noticed once they went inside to take a look so he shall be lacking for the foreseeable future.
“The remaining is because it was so we’re in good well being moreover Fil.”
Gerrard added: “I’ve not had an opportunity to talk to Fil post-surgery however I’ll do as quickly as doable to see how he’s mentally and bodily.
“It’s troublesome to place a time on his return for now however shall be not less than a couple of months.”
Connor Goldson missed the win over St Johnstone after he was forced to self-isolate because of coronavirus protocols.
The 28-year-old has now been cleared to face Lyon and is more likely to companion Leon Balogun in central defence.
“Connor Goldson comes again and is on the market for tomorrow,” added Gerrard.
“I’m assured now we have cowl and can handle regardless of being disillusioned Filip is lacking.”
Lyon eased to a 3-1 win in opposition to Strasbourg on the weekend with former Celtic stars Moussa Dembele and Jason Denayer each on the right track.
Peter Bosz’s aspect have an vital week – after enjoying in Glasgow, they journey to face Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe on Sunday in a Ligue 1 conflict with PSG.
Gerrard is cautious of the standard of the French aspect however has challenged his gamers to be “courageous” in entrance of their dwelling help.
“Lyon is a membership with Champions League stage gamers, an actual huge check tomorrow and now we have to be at our greatest in each side of the video games,” he stated.
“You might be punished in a short time in opposition to these groups. We additionally must have our personal confidence to be courageous and go and play.”