By Ben Dinnery

6th Nov, 2022 | 12:19pm

Rangers news: Medical Insider issues 'alarming' claim after Kemar Roofe twist

Kemar Roofe’s latest setback is more “frustrating” than “alarming” for Rangers.

That is the view of medical expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in injury and data analysis, speaking exclusively to Football Insider.

Roofe has only played 26 minutes of football across two substitute appearances this term after suffering a knee injury at the end of last season.

As quoted by club media last week (28 October), Giovanni van Bronckhorst revealed the 29-year-old had suffered a setback and will likely not feature until after the World Cup.

“I wouldn’t say it’s alarming, it’s more frustrating in terms of where the player wants to be,” Dinnery told Football Insider‘s Connor Whitley.

“We know the associated risk of players returning from long-term injury, regardless of the work you are putting in on the training pitch.

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“Nothing quite prepares the body for the rigours of competitive first-team football. That’s why you see players suffer minor setbacks and niggles because you need to adapt and integrate.

“This latest setback puts a pause on him being involved but in the grand scheme of things, it’s just a minor issue.

“Unfortunately it’s one that he will be used to. You need to be in a really strong mindset to get you through that.

“You just focus on hitting those milestones in recovery and getting back in the team.

“It’s very frustrating, very disappointed but not totally unexpected.

“The break eases the pressure. Usually, everyone is asking when you are back and you push yourself.

“This allows the process to take its natural course, you can ease back and go through a thorough programme so you arrive in the second half of the season in a really good place.”

In other news, “questions are being asked” internally at Rangers after a “headline-grabbing” development.