Glasgow Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has confirmed that Ibrox midfielder Joe Aribo will be out of action for the next four to six weeks.
The 24-year-old started Rangers’ first three matches of the Scottish Premiership season but an ankle injury ruled him out of the next three.
Now, the Gers boss has confirmed the “big blow” for his player, telling the club media team, as quoted by the Daily Record: “Joe Aribo has had a setback with an ankle strain and will be missing for four to six weeks.
“It’s a big blow with Joe. He is a player we rate rightly, it is actually good news as it was a situation that it could have required surgery and but he doesn’t and we hope he can be back in four weeks.
“It will be a blow however as he is a major talent.”
News of Aribo’s continued absence, and for up to six weeks too, is indeed a huge blow for the Gers.
Even though they’ve done well in his absence, he’ll be missed as the games continue to come thick and fast.
Aribo’s absence will include big games against Motherwell and Hibs, and it could also see him miss the Glasgow derby with Celtic on October 17.
On a slightly more positive note, the news is not as bad than it could have been, given worries over the international break that Aribo would need to go under the knife.