By Ben Dinnery

26th Oct, 2021 | 6:00pm

Injury expert fears Ryan Jack break down after confirmed Rangers news

Ryan Jack is “on the cusp” of his long-awaited return from injury but Rangers must beware of him breaking down again in his first month back.

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

Jack, a Rangers player since 2017, has been sidelined with a persistent calf problem since February.

As quoted by the Scottish Sun on 22 October, manager Steven Gerrard confirmed that the 29-year-old was “back with the team in training”.

And Dinnery predicts that the Scotland international’s return to competitive action is just around the corner.

He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “He has had surgery on that calf problem and is now in and around that first team.

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“He is training fully and on the cusp of a first-team return. He has been through the rehab protocol and ticks all the boxes.

“Steven Gerrard and his backroom staff will have had him involved in bounce games and internal 11v11 matches.

“In terms of everything that he’s done, he will be fully fit already to make that step up.

“But it won’t be a case of throwing him in from the off because it’s all about gradual reintegration.

“It’s all about building up those loads because nothing can quite replicate the cut and thrust of playing competitive football.

“He’ll be chomping at the bit to get out and prove himself. The adrenaline will be pumping so they will maybe need to hold him back a little bit.

“There are high recurrence rates in that first month so you have to gradually build up to the point where you’re ready to start games.

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