Injury expert hails 'great news' as Helander on Rangers comeback trail
Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s arrival at Rangers has added to Filip Helander’s “pressure” to return from injury.
So says injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.
Helander underwent surgery following a knee injury in mid-September and is yet to play under new manager Van Bronckhorst.
Van Bronckhorst was appointed as Gers boss on 19 November and has won his opening three matches at the helm.
As quoted by the Daily Record on Monday (29 December), the Dutchman said: “Hopefully, we see [Helander] return to training in December.”
Dinnery predicts that various “pressures” could affect when the 28-year-old defender makes his Rangers comeback, though a new-year return is likely.
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“A player who is coming back from a serious setback needs to be reintroduced gradually,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“He will start off in some bounce games, maybe some behind-closed-doors friendlies.
“Once he has come through those games, you want to build up his load and then introduce him into the first team. That’s the ideal scenario.
“But there are always things that will influence those decisions. It could be injuries to key players, important fixtures, setbacks etcetera.
“Sometimes it doesn’t go to plan. We are talking about a time-pressured environment with pressure from stakeholders.
“There’s also pressure to get results, pressure in terms of the new manager being there too.
“But if all goes to plan, early 2022 is realistic. That’s great news for him after a few months on the sidelines.”
Helander signed for Rangers from Bologna in the summer of 2019.
The Swede has gone on to make 55 appearances for the Ibrox club and was an integral part of last season’s title-winning side.