Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has offered an injury update on midfielder Joe Aribo after he suffered a blow to the head against Livingston last night.
Aribo was forced off by the injury and Gerrard now doesn’t expect the former Charlton man back before the next international break.
As per Rangers’ official Twitter account, he said: “I will be very surprised if we see Aribo play before the International break, This will be a setback but knowing him he will bounce back, he didn’t even want to come off yesterday which shows his mentality.”
Meanwhile, as per the Daily Record, Gerrard added: “After getting 20 stitches in his head he is OK, the doctors did a fantastic job on him as he was cut all the way to the bone. The doctor will decide in the coming days when he will back. He will definitely miss the game at the weekend and potentially the next few after.”
TBR’s View – Aribo will be sorely missed but it’s important he’s not rushed back
Aribo took a big blow and Gerrard is right to claim (Daily Record) it should have been a red card. I suppose it’s a proper welcome to Scottish football for Aribo.
But as important as he is, it’s good that Gerrard has not set him a target of rushing back because football needs to take its head injuries more seriously and coming back too quickly could have even worse consequences.
That said, Aribo has already shown his quality since moving north of the border and the emphasis is now on his team-mates to make sure they don’t lose any ground while he’s out.