Rangers supervisor Steven Gerrard has revealed defender Filip Helander has undergone surgery 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 depart the pitch at McDiarmid Park.
The 28-year-old will now miss Thursday’s Europa League match towards Lyon at Ibrox and Gerrard says it is going to be “at the least a number of months” earlier than the defender returns.
“Helander shall be lacking,” Gerrard stated at his pre-match information convention.
“He has had surgery within the final 24-48 hours to repair a difficulty that they noticed after 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 attainable to see how he’s mentally and bodily.
“It’s tough to place a time on his return for now however shall be at the least a number 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 prone to associate Leon Balogun in central defence.
“Connor Goldson comes again and is accessible for tomorrow,” added Gerrard.
“I’m assured we now have cowl and can handle regardless of being disenchanted Filip is lacking.”
Lyon eased to a 3-1 win towards Strasbourg on the weekend with former Celtic stars Moussa Dembele and Jason Denayer each heading in the right direction.
Peter Bosz’s facet have an essential 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 facet however has challenged his gamers to be “courageous” in entrance of their house assist.
“At full power, Lyon are very a lot a Champions League workforce with Champions League-calibre gamers, they’ve a supervisor who received this job on the again of doing ever so nicely because the Bayer Leverkusen supervisor,” added Gerrard.
“He has been right here earlier than, he is aware of what we’re about so this can be a actual massive take a look at tomorrow and there’s no doubt about it we now have to be at our greatest and that goes for either side of the sport.
“Now we have to have a excessive degree of focus and focus tomorrow as a result of in the event you do not towards these groups you will be punished and punished in a short time so it’s a actual good take a look at and problem.
“However we now have to have our personal confidence and perception that we are able to play at this degree, we are able to compete and on the proper instances through the recreation, we now have to point out bravery that we are able to damage the opposition as nicely.
“We’re excited, we’re wanting ahead to it however we all know the scale of the problem and it’s arguably the largest we now have had as a bunch.”