By Ben Dinnery

7th Nov, 2021 | 9:37am

Injury expert: Helander out for longer than expected as Rangers pictures emerge

Filip Helander may not return to play for Rangers until after the winter break in late January.

So says injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.

Helander is suffering with a knee injury and has not turned out for Rangers since 11 September.

The club originally said that the 28-year-old centre-back would be missing until December in a tweet on 15 September.

Manager Steven Gerrard updated on 29 October to reveal that Helander is “40-50 per cent” through his recovery from surgery.

He was pictured at Auchenhowie without a protective boot or crutches a short while before Gerrard’s latest bulletin.

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Dinnery used his expertise to predict when the Swedish defender would make his long-awaited return to action for the Scottish champions.

“I think he would be pushing to be back before the winter break,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

“But it doesn’t make any sense to push it too hard. This way, he could play one or two games and then get a period of rest again.

“Realistically, you always want to er on the side of caution. There’s a lot of games coming up over the busy winter period.

“It’s just about the here and now, it’s about making sure players return to fitness and then stay fit.

“So I wouldn’t have thought he’d be back until after that winter break at the back end of January.”

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