Injury stings as fan favourite gets ruled out again

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KILMARNOCK, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 01: James Tavernier of Rangers celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's first goal during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Kilmarnock and Rangers at Rugby Park on November 01, 2020 in Kilmarnock, Scotland. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Steven Gerrard’s confirmation in his pre-Falkirk presser that Ryan Jack will indeed be unavailable for the weekend does make us wonder the exact state of the former Aberdeen midfielder’s fitness.

We know Jack has had increasing concerns in recent years, with a regular calf issue requiring specific management, and Steve Clarke infamously exacerbated it during one international break, but this is the second injury Jack has suffered this season, and he’s already missed a full five matches at least through pain.

We know he’s not getting any younger, and we are very thankful the club has such quality in depth in midfield, but many fans did observe predictions pre-season that Jack might not play a full role this campaign, with injury likely robbing the club of him in quite a few matches.

And we agreed that such a prognosis was possible, and it’s looking to be the case.

Jack was coming right back into a game before this knock hit him, performing well for both club and country, but his ailments are blighting him again and we can imagine him missing a few once more.

It’s not the end of the world, there’s a reason we filled midfield up with such high quality players, but nevertheless you want your best players fit as much as possible.

Get back soon Ryan.