Hibs v Rangers: Steven Gerrard confirms key duo set to miss Easter Road clash

Four Gers players suffered injuries last weekend

By Patrick McPartlin
Wednesday, 16th September 2020, 12:58 pm
Updated Wednesday, 16th September 2020, 1:23 pm
Steven Gerrard has seen two key players added to his injury list ahead of Sunday's trip to face Hibs
Steven Gerrard has seen two key players added to his injury list ahead of Sunday's trip to face Hibs

Rangers will be without Ryan Jack for Sunday’s trip to face Hibs at Easter Road and could potentially be missing winger Brandon Barker as well.

The Scotland international was forced off after just ten minutes of the Ibrox side’s 4-0 victory over Dundee United last weekend and manager Steven Gerrard has confirmed that the 28-year-old will be sidelined for several weeks.

Speaking ahead of the Gers’ Europa League match against Lincoln Red Imps in Gibraltar, Gerrard said: “Jack will be missing for a few weeks with a calf problem.”

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Barker, who spent the 2017/18 season on loan at Hibs from Manchester City, is also unlikely to make the trip to the Capital after suffering a similar injury in the same game.

The 23-year-old has started Rangers’ last three matches but it appears he will be omitted from Sunday’s squad.

Gerrard added: “Barker will also be missing in the short-term with a calf problem.”

Neither player will take part in the European match but striker Alfredo Morelos – who replaced Barker at the weekend before going off injured himself in the second half – could feature against the Imps and potentially play a part in Sunday’s Scottish Premiership clash.

Defender Leon Balogun, who pulled up in the warm-up ahead of the last match, has also recovered and is in contention for the Europa League clash and Sunday’s league fixture.

Long-term absentees Joe Aribo and Nikola Katic remain out although striker Jermain Defoe could be involved after recovering from his own injury setback.