Alan Hutton has admitted his heart bleeds for Ryan Jack and hopes he went off early enough for Rangers last weekend to avoid tearing his calf.
The former Gers defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted coming off early against Dundee United was the “last thing” the Scotland international would have wanted to do after his recent layoff.
Speaking to RangersTV after the win, Steven Gerrard confirmed the 28-year-old had felt some tightness in his calf during the opening 10 minutes and admitted he was “upset” Jack had waited until nearly the half-hour mark to come off.
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Jack returned to the squad last month after missing 14 games between November and January with a knee injury.
He also sat out a couple of games back in September with another calf problem.
Hutton admitted he would have probably tried to soldier on in Jack’s position and suggested he did not want to be seen “breaking down again” after his recent return to the squad.
Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “Look, I can see it from both sides. I was very surprised that he didn’t start the game over in Antwerp, if I’m honest.
“I thought he would have started that game but he didn’t and obviously this was his opportunity to start a game, and I’ve been there, I’ve done it, you feel a tightness in your calf and you think you can possibly run it off.
“When you’ve been out for so long the last thing you want to do is come off after 10 minutes, that’s a real problem, especially mentally, you don’t want to be seen as breaking down again, whereas maybe the right option would have been, as soon as he felt it, to come off.
“I think he went off after 27 minutes – hopefully, that was early enough that he didn’t actually tear anything, it’s just a general tightness and he can get over it.
“He’s been very unlucky when it comes to injuries, I think he’s a key player to Rangers so they’ll be hoping they can get him back as soon as possible.”