By Noel Whelan

19th Feb, 2021 | 7:47pm

Whelan touts season-ending surgery for Roofe after key Rangers update

Kemar Roofe may have to rule himself out for the rest of the season at Rangers in order to get treatment for his troublesome calf problems.

That is the view of former Leeds and Aberdeen striker Noel Whelan who, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted it was crucial the striker was ready for pre-season if he did need to undergo any operations.

Speaking to BT Sport after Thursday’s 4-3 win over Royal Antwerp, Gerrard admitted the club would have to look into the number of calf injuries the 28-year-old had suffered and suggested he could “go and see the right people” to sort the problem out.

Roofe missed six games earlier in the campaign with a similar calf problem, while he picked up another muscular injury in the win over Celtic back in January.

Whelan suggested there was a “weakness” in the striker’s muscle and admitted if he was to undergo surgery, now would be the time to do it.

Asked if there was a possibility of Roofe being sidelined long-term in a bid to stop the recurring injury problems, Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “Well, possibly – I mean, there’s no harm in going to see a specialist.

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“If it keeps recurring then there obviously is a weakness there. That’s something that needs to be dealt with because what you don’t want is this repeating itself again next season.

“We’re coming to the right time, I guess, coming to the back end of the season where he’s injured now so let’s see the specialist and if something needs repairing, you’re better off getting it done now.

“Look they’ve got strikers there, they’ve got players that can deal with the end of the season but it’s more important that he’s back for pre-season and try to get this situation fixed as quickly as possible.

“It’s the last thing that Steven Gerrard wants but I think when you’re looking at repercussions that keep happening and happening to his calves then there’s an issue there that needs to be dealt with.”

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