By Ben Dinnery

30th Sep, 2021 | 9:58am

Injury expert raises fears over 'eight-week' Ryan Kent absence at Rangers

Rangers star Ryan Kent risks being ruled out for up to “eight weeks” if he rushes his return from injury.

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

Kent is currently sidelined with a hamstring problem and has not featured for the Scottish champions since 11 September.

As quoted by the Glasgow Times on 24 September, manager Steven Gerrard said the winger’s rehab process is set to take “roughly three to four weeks”.

But Dinnery claims that the Englishman could face a protracted spell on the sidelines if his recovery is mismanaged.

“You need to be ticking off your activities, first of all,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

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“You need to come through that process without any setbacks or little niggles. That’s the last thing they need.

“Are you coming through this process with optimum levels? If so, how is your body reacting to that.

“Hamstring injuries have a high recurrence rate, particularly within 28 days of a return to play. That is that zone where players are at the greatest risk.

“So you need to make sure you are protecting that player and not rushing the return.

“If you suffer a setback in that 28-day period, you can almost instantly assume that you’re looking at a six to eight-week recovery.

“You don’t want him to be ruled out until the early months of next year.”

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