Joe Aribo is set to be sidelined until the end of October in a major blow to Rangers, Football Insider understands.
The versatile midfielder, 23, suffered a head injury in the Light Blues’ League Cup win over Livingston last Wednesday that kept him out of the weekend mauling of Aberdeen.
Ibrox sources have told Football Insider that Aribo is now expected to miss the mouthwatering Europa League tie away to Young Boys on Thursday night and Sunday’s home SPL clash against Hamilton.
The earliest Steven Gerrard can hope to call upon the summer signing is the trip to Hearts on 20 October.
But even that is not guaranteed as Aribo recovers from a sickening injury that Gerrard claimed last week “cut all the way to the bone”.
He is also set to miss out on playing for Nigeria against Brazil in Singapore on 13 October, having recently won his first cap.
The former Charlton Athletic midfielder has made a big impact for Rangers since his arrival on a free transfer.
He has made 16 appearances for Rangers, 14 of which have been starts, and scored four goals as well as supplied two assists.
Gerrard has spoken highly of Aribo’s contribution and how his versatility – he can play in central midfield as well as a number of attacking midfield roles – makes him a real asset.
Aribo’s extended absence is likely to lead to further opportunities for Greg Stewart.