Rangers have today confirmed Leon King suffered a concussion in Paisley yesterday and will undergo a careful return under medical supervision.
The defender sustained a nasty collision and crumpled out cold on the turf, before being stretchered off after an extended period of treatment, which led to 9 minutes’ injury time being added to the end of the match.
After worries about his wellbeing, Rangers released the following statement:
This is decent news, but not the best – concussion can take a bit of time for a person to completely recover from, and Rangers can absolutely thank their lucky stars the World Cup is now upon us because going into another fixture with utterly no defenders wouldn’t have borne thinking about.
As it is, King took a horrible bash and is now being supervised by medical staff, with his return being ‘graded’, which means he will return tentatively and gently before increasing the intensity as it is deemed he’s capable of per level. In other words, he will be monitored and increased with progress until he is ready for full opposition football again.
This was a nasty one, completely accidental, and curiously didn’t look ‘that’ aggressive, but the way King absolutely laid out cold and motionless on the grass conveyed how serious it was.
He will be out for a while before returning to training when he’s completely ready and capable of at least some gentle training following such an awful blow.
As we have said a few times, the World Cup really is a massively silver lining for our club because the latest blow left us going something beyond case critical.
Now we ease up, get rest, and hopefully in four weeks the players are a bit patched up and refreshed. Boy do they and we need it.