Kemar Roofe could be ruled out of action until April after suffering yet another calf injury at Rangers, according to Noel Whelan.
The former Aberdeen and Leeds United striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted losing the striker was a “devastating” blow for Steven Gerrard heading into the final stretch of the season.
Speaking at his post-match press conference on Thursday night, Gerrard confirmed Roofe had suffered a suspected reoccurrence of the calf injury which ruled him out earlier in the season.
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Roofe lasted 45 minutes in the 4-3 win away at Antwerp, with club captain James Tavernier also force off in the first half through injury.
Whelan, who knows the former Leeds striker well from his Elland Road days, tipped him to be out for up to six weeks, which would put a return date in early April, with his latest setback.
Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “It started really well for him, he came into Rangers, he was just finding his feet and now he’s got this calf niggle and it keeps cropping up.
“It’s really devastating I’m sure for Steven Gerrard, with the run-in, that he wants to get over the line as quickly as possible and one of his key strikers is out injured now.
“You could talk about five to six weeks out with Kemar Roofe, possibly, so that’s a long time to have a striker out and a goalscorer.”
The 28-year-old, who is suspended for the Gers’ next league game, has scored 12 goals in 25 appearances for Rangers since his summer move from Anderlecht.
Gerrard has Alfredo Morelos, Jermain Defoe and Cedric Itten to call upon as striker options in Roofe’s absence.