Rangers boss Van Bronckhorst may be wrong about Roofe - Dinnery

By Ben Dinnery

29th Apr, 2022 | 11:56am

Rangers news: Medical expert fears Giovanni van Bronckhorst is wrong about Kemar Roofe

There are “no guarantees” that Rangers star Kemar Roofe will return in time for the Europa League semi-final second leg against RB Leipzig.

That is the view of injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.

Roofe, 29, was missing from the matchday squad as Rangers fell to a late 1-0 defeat in the first leg in Germany last night (28 April).

As quoted by the Scottish Sun after the match, Giovanni van Bronckhorst revealed he hopes to have Roofe for the second leg next Thursday (5 May).

The attacker has not featured since he picked up a knee injury in the 2-1 win over Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi-final earlier this month (17 April).

And Dinnery fears that the Jamaica international may not make it back in time for the critical European clash at Ibrox.

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“The indication is that this is more about managing the knee,” he told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams.

“There may be a little bit of cartilage issue that could have flared up given the number of minutes that he played against Celtic.

“It might just be a case of addressing that inflammation or swelling. But first and foremost, there are no guarantees that he will make that second leg.

“The research and the theory might suggest one thing, but we are talking about unique individuals and you can’t always say with any certainty.

“Things can present themselves as more severe than first thought.

Roofe is Rangers’ joint top scorer this term with 16 goals in 35 appearances.

He is also set to miss the final Old Firm of the season on Sunday (1 May).

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