Alan Hutton has backed Steven Gerrard in leaving Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo out of the squad until after the international break after the midfielder’s head injury.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Rangers and Scotland ace says that there is no point risking the former Charlton player against Hamilton on Sunday after he was forced to get 20 stitches after the League Cup win over Livingston.
Gerrard was quoted as saying that the Nigerian international would not be playing for the Light Blues before the international break, despite the midfielder being pictured in training with a scrum cap on.
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Hutton says that while Aribo will be desperate to get out on the pitch and playing for the Gers, he thinks the manager has made the right call in keeping him out of action until after the two-week break between league fixtures.
Hutton told Football Insider: “Obviously as a player, I’d be saying I want to play but if I was a manager, I would leave him out. It only happened before the weekend, he got 20 stitches, there’s no way he can be healed by now, it can’t be.
“Playing with a scrum cap? Not for me. I think if it’s that bad, you just have to say look, there’s other options here, get it right, international break’s coming up. Those 10 days, he’ll be fine after that.
“There’s no point opening a wound that’s quite severe for this, especially when you’ve got enough players who can come in. If it was my choice, I’d leave him out this one.”
Since joining from Charlton on a free transfer this summer, Aribo has been a mainstay for Steven Gerrard’s men, playing 16 times across all competitions already, scoring four goals.
Rangers have only lost once in the league this season and sit one point behind Celtic in the top-flight table.