Danny Mills has suggested that Ryan Kent may have been trying too hard to impress on his return to Ibrox after picking up an injury blow on his first game back.
The former England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that players seem more prone to picking up an injury early on in their career at a new club after a transfer, mooting the possibility they want to push themselves to make an immediate impact.
Steven Gerrard has confirmed that Kent, who signed permanently from Liverpool this summer for a second spell at Ibrox, has picked up a hamstring problem after his first game back in action for the Light Blues, and that he will be missing for a couple of weeks.
🎙️ SG: Ryan Kent is now pain-free walking around, I still think it will be a couple of weeks as you need to be careful with hamstring injuries.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) September 18, 2019
Mills says that there is the possibility Kent was pushing his body too far in a bid to make the immediate impact all Rangers fans wanted and that he has suffered an injury as a result.
Mills told Football Insider: “It happens with some regularity, players go to a new club, new situation and unfortunately they pick up injuries. How often do you get new players, everyone’s excited, all of a sudden boom, out for a while?
“That’s just the way it is. When you’re playing a top-level sport, incredibly high intensity. Is it the fact that new player, new club and maybe you’re pushing yourself a little bit too hard to settle in and impress the manager.
“Of course it’s disappointing but he’ll get fit and bounce back.”
Kent played 43 times for the Light Blues during his first spell at the club, scoring six goals and contributing a further nine assists to establish himself as a firm favourite of the Ibrox faithful.
Gerrard has brought in a number of wingers over the summer, with Jordan Jones, Sheyi Ojo and Brandon Barker all joining Kent in bolstering the wide positions.