Rangers coach Steven Gerrard has revealed defenseman Filip Helander has undergone surgery on a knee injury and is reportedly missing “for the foreseeable future.”
Helander was injured in Saturday’s 2-1 win over St Johnstone and needed a stretcher to leave the McDiarmid Park pitch.
The 28-year-old will now miss Thursday’s Europa League game against Lyon at Ibrox and Gerrard says it will take “at least a few months” before the defender returns.
“Helander will be out,” Gerrard said in his pre-match press conference.
“He had surgery in the last 24 to 48 hours to fix an issue they detected when they went inside to take a look so he could be reported missing in the future. predictable.
“The rest is as before so we are in good health except for Fil.”
Gerrard added: “I haven’t had a chance to speak to Fil after the surgery, but I will do so as soon as possible to see how he’s doing mentally and physically.
“It’s hard to put a long time on his return right now but it will be at least a few months.”
Connor Goldson missed the victory over St Johnstone after being forced into self-isolation due to coronavirus protocols.
The 28-year-old has now been cleared to face Lyon and is expected to team up with Leon Balogun in central defense.
“Connor Goldson is coming back and is available for tomorrow,” Gerrard added.
“I have no doubts that we have a cover and that we will be successful despite the disappointment of Filip’s absence.”
Lyon won 3-1 against Strasbourg this weekend with former Celtic stars Moussa Dembele and Jason Denayer both on target.
Peter Bosz’s side have an important week – after playing in Glasgow they travel to Sunday to face Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in a Ligue 1 clash with PSG.
Gerrard is wary of the quality of the French team but has challenged his players to be “brave” in front of their support at home.
“Lyon are a club with Champions League level players, a real big test tomorrow and we have to be at our best on both sides of the game,” he said.
“You can get punished very quickly against these teams. We also need to have our own confidence to be brave and go out and play.”