Rangers sent Kemar Roofe warning amid year-long injury fears - Expert

By Ben Dinnery

12th May, 2022 | 12:00pm

Medical expert issues Rangers 'warning' amid year-long Kemar Roofe injury fear

Rangers must think carefully before they rush Kemar Roofe back for the Europa League final as a minor injury could easily turn into a year-long problem.

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, has not featured since he suffered a knee injury in the 2-1 Scottish Cup semi-final win over Celtic last month (17 April).

The Glasgow giants have since qualified for the Europa League final, which they will contest against Eintracht Frankfurt in Seville next Wednesday (18 May).

As quoted by The Sun on Wednesday (11 May), Giovanni van Bronckhorst revealed that the Jamaican international’s race to return for the European showpiece will go down to the wire.

Dinnery cited Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante, who was carrying a knee injury in last season’s Champions League final, to explain how a premature return to action can cause problems down the line.

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“If he does return for that final, he’ll have had almost a month on the sidelines,” he told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams.

“For one-off games, you’re going to do everything you can to be out on the pitch. It is just a question of at what cost.

“I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he is in and around the squad. You just hope it doesn’t have any implications further down the line.

“We see with N’Golo Kante, he struggled for the best part of a year following that European final after rushing back from a knee injury. That’s a warning right there.”

Roofe has netted 16 times in 25 appearances this season.

Rangers also contest the Scottish Cup final against Hearts next Saturday (21 May).

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