Steven Gerrard has verified Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo will miss Saturday’s game with Aberdeen and”possibly a number more”, after he suffered a nasty cut to the mind of the 1-0 win in Livingston.
Aribo, who moved out of Charlton over the summer to Ibrox, received 20 stitches in a head wound following a struggle between Livingston’s Rickie Lamie within their ancestral League Cup match on Wednesday night.
The 23-year-old was forced off after 22 minutes of this match with the fifth-minute goal demonstrating enough to win the tie and establish a semi-final against Hearts of Glen Kamara, at the Tony Macaroni Arena.
“I spoke to Joe [Aribo] that morning, he is pretty sore and shocked but he is OK,” Gerrard said.
“After obtaining 20 stitches in his mind, he is OK – that the physicians did a wonderful job on him, as he was cut all the way into the bone. When he’ll return the health care provider will decide in the coming days.
“He will definitely miss the game at the weekend and possibly the upcoming few after this. I’ll be surprised if we view Aribo play before the break.
“It’s his very first time out of London and he has settled quite well. This will be a drawback but knowing him, he will bounce back. He did not even wish to come yesterday, which reveals his mentality away.
“I really don’t believe the player has gone in to intentionally hurt him that in my book is serious dangerous play and in any other league, it’s a red card.
“Livingston are extremely direct and physical. They pushed us in the second half however I am proud of the lads that they stood together and stood it up .”
As for the visit of Aberdeen to Ibrox at the weekend, even Gerrard admits he’s a wary of a negative that knocked them from both the Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup last season, in addition to securing a 1-0 league win at Ibrox in December.
“Aberdeen hurt us much last year. They are totally going to be tough matches and we need to get ready for that,” added Gerrard.
“The players know what they will face, the admiration is there but when we find our level, I am confident we’ll get a outcome.”
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