Rabbi Matondo does indeed join Rangers’ sudden and now ever-growing injury list after the Welsh international was ruled out for around two months, to add to the increasing pile of sicknotes.
He accompanies Todd Cantwell, Nico Raskin, Tom Lawrence and Kieran Dowell as complete absences, while Ridvan Yilmaz is tentatively returning from injury where Kemar Roofe remains permanently vulnerable to it.
Despite the return of Dr Mark Waller, which had seemed to ease Rangers’ injury blight that derailed so much of last season, the injury cases have returned, and now Michael Beale has to contend with no Matondo, Cantwell, Raskin, Lawrence or Dowell for the foreseeable future.
Thankfully for Rangers there is no more Europa League till the 5th and then the international break cuts out another two weeks in mid-October, but the bread and butter for Rangers is winning the league cup and trying to win the Scottish Premiership and losing players does not help there given there are two more domestic fixtures till we’re off to Cyprus.
The problem is aside Dowell, who has been markedly average, the other four are regarded as key components of this squad, and now that we’re down all of them, it considerably weakens Rangers and Michael Beale’s options.
We saw how poor Rangers have been WITH our best players this season, and we got an even more depressing sample of life without three of them v Motherwell, till Matondo joined them to add to the despair, so it’s not exactly inspiring stuff.
Matondo, without doubt one of the brighter sparks in the squad this term, is expected to miss all of October and be back sometime in November.
But is this another 7-10 days effort?
Knowing our medical team and luck with injuries, most likely.