Alfredo Morelos: Rangers striker will miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery for a thigh injury | Soccer News

Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos has been ruled out for the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery on a thigh injury.

The Colombian missed Sunday’s Old Firm defeat to Celtic, with manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst expecting him to be out for “a few weeks”.

This means the 25-year-old will miss the club’s Europa League quarter-final against Braga and the Scottish Cup semi-final against Celtic on April 17.

Morelos flew to London last week for injury analysis which saw him return to Ibrox soon after his international duty.

After undergoing thigh surgery, he will now be ruled out until the start of pre-season training for the new season.

Morelos, who has scored 12 goals in 26 league appearances this season, was spotted on crutches at Glasgow airport

A club statement read: “Following an injury sustained while on international duty with Colombia, Alfredo Morelos has undergone thigh surgery.

“Our medical team are happy with the outcome of the operation and their rehabilitation program is underway.

“He will return to training with the first team during pre-season.

“We wish him good luck during his rehabilitation.”

Mark Hateley: Rangers relied too much on Morelos

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Ex-Rangers striker Mark Hateley thinks the club have relied too much on Alfredo Morelos and says they need to get stronger this summer

Former Rangers striker Mark Hateley believes the club are paying the price for a lack of investment in the squad, instead of relying too heavily on players like Alfredo Morelos.

“At this stage of the season you need everyone in shape who is going to have an impact on winning, the scorers more than anyone else. Alfredo is that, he scores goals at all levels and a figure like him missing is a big loss,” he told Sky Sports News.

Rangers' Kemar Roofe celebrates his goal with Alfredo Morelos (left) after his goal was given away following a VAR review against Brondby
Rangers will now look to Kemar Roofe to replace Morelos

“Did we rely on him too much? Maybe yes. Why did we rely on him too much? Probably because of a lack of investment since the end of last season.

“When Steven [Gerrard] was there, he would probably listen to Walter Smith. His advice was always to build from a point of strength. Winning the league, you always add to that. I think the team is a good team but we haven’t brought in any new blood.”

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