Medical expert: Kemar Roofe emulating Cristiano Ronaldo as new Rangers images emerge
Rangers star Kemar Roofe is emulating the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo in his use of a hyperbaric oxygen chamber to hasten his injury recovery.
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 over Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi-final last month (17 April).
The Jamaica international was absent for the 1-0 defeat to RB Leipzig in the Europa League semi-final first leg last Thursday (28 April).
As quoted by the Scottish Sun after the match, Giovanni van Bronckhorst revealed he hopes to have Roofe for the second leg this Thursday (5 May).
And as relayed by The Scotsman last Friday (29 April), the forward has been pictured making use of a hyperbaric oxygen chamber.
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Dinnery explained why the high-tech kit is favoured by the likes of Roofe and Ronaldo.
“Typically, the premise of a hyperbaric oxygen chamber is to expedite the return to play,” he told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams.
“You force more oxygen into the lungs to encourage the healing process. Some research supports this.
“Cristiano Ronaldo and LeBron James are big into the hyperbaric chambers and oxygen therapy. Some use it every day.
“Josh DaSilva, Harvey Eliott and Allan Saint-Maximin have all used it throughout their recent recoveries.
“This is all about trying to get Roofe back fit and available as quickly as possible. He is targeting that second leg.”
Roofe is Rangers’ second-top scorer this term with 16 goals in 35 appearances.
The Glasgow giants have three league games remaining this term, as well as the Scottish Cup final against Hearts on 21 May.