Hutton: Gerrard sweating over Helander after mystery Rangers blow
Alan Hutton has admitted he is sweating over Filip Helander’s availability for Rangers after a mystery injury blow on international duty.
The former Gers defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted Steven Gerrard would be worried about the Swede’s fitness.
As quoted by Glasgow Live (September 6th), Sweden boss Janne Andersson, confirmed Helander has been training individually due to injury.
His availability for today’s qualifier against Greece (September 8th) is shrouded in mystery.
The centre-back missed his country’s friendly win against Uzbekistan on Sunday.
Last week, the 17-cap star impressed in Sweden’s World Cup qualifying win against Spain.
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Helander scored the winner against Celtic in his last Rangers appearance.
“He was excellent in the Old Firm,” lifelong Bear Hutton told Football Insider‘s Russell Edge.
“Obviously he scored the goal and the European games are coming on the horizon. He is a big part of that squad.
“The European squad has been announced now and obviously Jack Simpson has been left out – so it’s an issue that’s a worry for us.
“Obviously Steven Gerrard will be hoping that it’s not too serious and that he can come back fit because there are some big games.
“The Europa League is a massive competition – they’ll want to do well, and they’ll want their best players fit.”
The Gers face a trip to St Johnstone on Saturday before the Ibrox club kick off their Europa League campaign against Lyon.
Sweden international Helander joined Rangers from Bologna in 2019 for £3.5million.
He has made 54 appearances for the club, scoring six goals.