Rangers midfielder Andy King is not fit to face FC Porto tonight, Steven Gerrard has confirmed.
Gerrard told his pre-match press conference (via @RangersFC) that King has a “small muscle problem”. This has kept the Wales international out of recent games and he remains sidelined.
King has played five times for Rangers since joining on loan from Leicester City. The central midfielder has had a small cameo in the Europa League (against Feyenoord) but was an unused substitute against Young Boys and will miss the Porto clash.
The 30-year-old is still recovering from a muscle injury which has kept him out of the matchday squad since late September. Gerrard has not given a timeframe for King’s return.
Meanwhile, Jordan Jones remains on the sidelines. The Northern Ireland winger has been injured since the Old Firm derby. His reckless challenge on Moritz Bauer earned him a straight red card but also injured him.
Aside from King and Jones, Rangers have a fully fit squad. The Gers are currently in Portugal preparing to face FC Porto.
It has been a frustrating campaign for King, who was hoping to reignite his career at Ibrox. After struggling with injuries for the past two years at Leicester, King has continued with these issues in Scotland.
If he gets back to his full fitness, he can be a handy player for Gerrard to rotate in midfield. Jones, meanwhile, faces a battle to get into the Rangers team when he returns – especially now that Ryan Kent is back.