Steven Gerrard has verified Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo will miss Saturday’s game with Aberdeen and also”potentially a number more”, once he suffered a nasty cut to the head in their 1-0 win in Livingston.
Aribo, who proceeded out of Charlton over the summer, received 20 stitches in a head wound following a challenge involving Livingston’s Rickie Lamie within their League Cup game on Wednesday night.
The 23-year-old was forced off at the Tony Macaroni Arena, together with Glen Kamara goal demonstrating enough to win the tie and also then set up a semi-final against Hearts.
“I spoke to Joe [Aribo] that morning, he is pretty shocked and sore but he is OK,” Gerrard said.
“After obtaining 20 back in his mind, he’s OK – the doctors did a great job on him, as he had been cut all of the way to the bone. When he’ll return the doctor will determine in the coming days.
“He will definitely miss the match at the weekend and possibly the upcoming few after this. I’ll be surprised if we see Aribo play before the break.
“It’s his first time out of London and he has settled very well. This will be a setback but knowing him, he will bounce backagain. He didn’t even need to come away.
“I really don’t believe the player has gone in to intentionally hurt him that in my book is serious play in any other league, it’s a red card.
“Livingston are very direct and physical. They pushed us in the second half however I am proud of the lads they stood together and stood up to it”
As for the trip of Aberdeen to Ibrox in the weekend, even Gerrard admits he’s a cautious of a side that knocked them from both the Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup final season, as well as procuring a 1-0 league win at Ibrox in December.
“Aberdeen hurt us much this past year. They are all going to be tough games and we need to be prepared for that,” added Gerrard.
“The players are aware of what they are going to face, the respect is that but should we locate our level, I am confident we will get a result.”
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