Rangers midfielder Graham Dorrans will have to undergo surgery on his troublesome knee injury; and faces months on the sidelines.
Steven Gerrard confirmed in his Friday press conference that the 31-year-old is set to miss another large chunk of a season.
Last term Dorrans was out of for five months, and this time around he’s only featured in three games.
Gerrard said: “Graham, along with the medical staff and the surgeons have decided the best way for him is to have surgery on his knee. So he will be missing for definite for a few months.”
The Scotland international has endured a torrid time at Ibrox since his move north in 2017. He has been restricted to making just 23 appearances for the club across all competitions.
The beginning of the end?
This is not good news for Dorrans.
It’s not good news in that, while he will be spending all of his time in the treatment room, Steven Gerrard might have improved the side tenfold by the point of Dorrans’ return.
Gerrard has placed a great emphasis on the team improving their fitness and off-the-ball work.
He knows the advantages of a relentless press, and Dorrans’ body might not be able to cope with that when he’s back fit.
Dorrans is a good player and has been missed at times this season, but his injury record is simply wretched and his time could be up next summer.
The likelihood is that by that point, Rangers and Gerrard could be a far more attractive propostion for a better calibre of players.
It could be the final nail in the coffin for Dorrans, which is a shame for the ex-West Brom star.