Rangers boss Steven Gerrard admits Kemar Roofe and James Tavernier injuries are a concern


STEVEN Gerrard tonight admitted he is concerned about the injuries that Kemar Roofe and James Tavernier suffered in the dramatic 4-3 win over Royal Antwerp in Belgium.

Striker Roofe and right back and captain Tavernier both came off with knocks in the first-half of the Europa League last 32 first leg match in the Bosuilstadion.

Ryan Kent and Leon Balogun replaced the forward and the defender respectively and helped the Ibrox club come from behind twice to secure a thrilling victory that gives them a great chance of progressing.

However, Gerrard confessed he is worried about the players who limped off and is keen to have them assessed by Rangers medical staff as quickly as possible  

“Kemar has got another calf injury so that is a concern for us,” he told BT Sport. “He is getting too many calfs. We are going to have to look into that and maybe get him to see the right people. He is very down at the minute. That is a blow for us. We’ll get it looked at in a scan.

“James never goes off the pitch so that worries me a bit as well. With James, we’ll have to wait and see. He’s obviously gone in for the block tackle and felt some pain in the knee area. We’ll get him scanned as well and go from there. 

“We will analyse them and hopefully they’re not as bad as was first feared. I’m concerned for both. We will look at both of those situations.

“Right now, I’m more concerned for Kemar because he feels it’s the same as a previous injury when he missed two to three weeks. Obviously I feel really good in terms of the result, but I feel for both players because they are very important for the group. 

“What I will say is the players who come on the pitch to replace them were outstanding. Leon Balogun really rolled his sleeves up and did an excellent job for the team. Parked his ego, didn’t worry where he was playing and did a fantastic job.”


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