Steven Gerrard has admitted ‘frustration’ at Kemar Roofe’s latest calf injury, with questions starting to be raised over the wisdom of signing such an injury prone player.
The manager was suggesting this situation is starting to get tedious, and it’s ‘another calf’ injury to add to the litany Roofe has had since joining.
But of course Roofe’s injury history is certainly not the best, with a fair chunk of calf problems before he signed on the dotted line at Ibrox, including issues at Leeds and Anderlecht.
Rangers have managed to get 25 outings from him since snapping him up last summer, which really isn’t bad, but the forward simply hasn’t been able to manage much of a sustained run of matches since arriving due to niggling issues continually hampering his progress.
November to early January was his best spell, where he was able to get a run of 9 matches, but the season aside that has been a litany of injury and disruption, plus of course the ban.
Gerrard’s frustration mirrors how he felt about Borna Barisic in his first season, where the Croat struggled massively to sustain fitness, but of course he certainly turned that around.
Difference here is Roofe has prior experience of British football, lots of it, and appears to be struggling with his own physical fitness – his latest knock of course took place on the continent.
The one ‘bonus’ is he’s banned for Dundee Utd anyway so it makes no difference, but it’s still extremely worrying.