Steven Gerrard reveals fresh injury doubt after 2-1 win over Hibs at Ibrox extends Rangers unbeaten run
Steven Gerrard revealed the Nigerian international developed a calf and achilles injury ahead of the 2-1 win over Hibs which will rule him out of next weekend’s Scottish Cup last 16 match – if it goes ahead – and casts a doubt on the remainder of his season.
Balogun arrived as a low-key summer transfer from Wigan Athletic but earned a new deal by triggering a contract clause for appearances made – but he may have made his last one this term.
“He's going to be out unfortunately,” Gerrard revealed. “We're still waiting for a scan. The scan will happen tomorrow morning or afternoon.
“He felt a calf/Achilles area yesterday morning. He left the training session.
“Until we get the scan result we won't be able to know the outcome of that.
“But he's limping about today (Sunday) which tells you he has obviously very little chance of making next weekend.”
Balogun will add to the injury list which also includes James Tavernier and Ryan Jack. Tavernier is edging closer to fitness but an anticipated update on Ryan Jack’s condition has still not materialised.
Gerrard added: “That news hasn't come yet unfortunately.
“I don't know what the delay is. We're waiting patiently to try to get an update on that situation.
“James has again had a good couple of days and he's pushing hard to be involved. We'll only do that if he is ready, we won't force that. He's been out too long for us to force that.
“He'll have to show this week that there's more progression and get him out amongst the team at some point if he's to earn a place in the squad.”
Nathan Patterson again deputised for the club captain and Gerrard praised both the right-back and his direct opponent Josh Doig in Rangers’ 2-1 win at Ibrox.
"I was fascinated with that battle down our right-hand side, Gerrard added. “Two honest kids with huge potential and the future is looking bright for Scotland in terms of full-backs because I think those two have got real big chances of going all the way.”
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