Kevin Phillips believes the risk Rangers took in signing Kemar Roofe has “backfired a little bit” and suggested his injury may sideline him until November.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former European golden shoe winner delivered his verdict after Steven Gerrard revealed the 27-year-old will be out until after next month’s international break.
That would rule out Roofe, who suffered a calf injury in the 5-0 win over Lincoln Red Imps last week, until at least the Old Firm clash against Celtic on 17 October.
The injury was thought to be minor and the striker was initially included in the squad for Thursday night’s Europa League tie against Willem II.
But ex-England international Phillips believes the nature of the injury and Roofe’s history could keep him out longer than expected.
Asked by Football Insider about Roofe’s latest setback, Phillips said: “Any manager and any medical team you are always hoping when you take that slight risk of bringing a player to your club that they don’t break down. When that does happen you’re like ‘damn, we took a gamble and its backfired a little bit’.
“They’ll assess it and I would imagine the treatment the lad will get might take a little bit longer because what they won’t want to do is rush him back and him break down again.
“It wouldn’t surprise me, depending on the state of the injury, if they take a couple of extra weeks more to get him back out on the pitch until November because once they do they’ll want him out on the pitch for the rest of the season.
“With his history and track record of injuries, it will be a slight concern.”
Roofe suffered a similar calf injury while at Anderlecht last season and it meant he did not play for the Belgian outfit in the whole of 2020.
At Leeds United in the previous season he also missed six games with a calf injury.
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