Today’s Ryan Jack development is extremely bad news for the midfielder.
Despite manager Steven Gerrard’s hopes Jack could be back within two weeks (three weeks ago) it’s evident that the Scotland player is now in a spot of trouble, career wise, and is going sadly down the Graeme Dorrans route of requiring to see a specialist, as revealed by G-Mac.
Usually, with injury issues, it’s scanned, diagnosed, then treated by club docs. Sometimes it is elevated to national specialists in Glasgow, but when the phrase ‘sent to London for a specialist’ shows up, it worryingly indicates deep-rooted problems the first tier of medics and physios were unable to resolve.
Jack is unlikely to feature for Rangers again this season, and is now into that horrible Niko Kranjcar, John Eustace, Jordan Rossiter and aforementioned Dorrans group of deeply worrying injury issues that just won’t go away.
In fairness, the latter two ended up with decent careers in lower league football, but Jack will not want that fate.
His issues have been a blight for many years, but it was that Scotland camp in which Steve Clarke wildly and ignorantly mismanaged him which seems to have set up this domino effect of the past couple of years, and led to the last two breakdowns.
And this one now looks like it’s ruled him out till next season.
We hope Jack can come back from this, he’s tremendous when he’s fit and in form, but it’s suddenly looking grave.
He says he’s ‘gutted’ and we can hardly blame him.
Just cross our fingers and hope.