Steven Gerrard has confirmed Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo will miss Saturday’s game with Aberdeen and also”possibly a number more”, then he suffered a nasty cut into the mind in their 1-0 win at Livingston.
Aribo, who moved out of Charlton over the summer to Ibrox, received 20 stitches in a head wound after a struggle involving Livingston’s Rickie Lamie in their Scottish League Cup match on Wednesday night.
The 23-year-old was driven off after 22 minutes of this game in 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 – the physicians did a wonderful job on him, as he was cut all of the way into the bone. When he’ll be back, the physician will determine in the coming times.
“He will definitely miss the game at the weekend and possibly the next few after this. I will be surprised if we see Aribo play until the worldwide break.
“It’s his first time out of London and he’s settled very well. This is going to be a setback but knowing himhe will bounce back. He did not even wish to come yesterday, which shows his mentality off.
“I don’t think the player has gone into deliberately hurt him that in my novel is serious dangerous play and in any other league, it is a card.
“Livingston are extremely direct and physical. They pushed us in the second half however I am proud of the lads that they stood and stood it up ”
As for the visit of Aberdeen to Ibrox in the weekend, even Gerrard admits he’s a wary of a side that knocked them out of both the Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup last season, as well as securing a 1-0 league win at Ibrox in December.
“Aberdeen hurt us much last year. They’re totally going to be tough matches and we will need to get ready for that,” additional Gerrard.
“The players know what they will face, the admiration is that but should we find our level, I am confident we will get a outcome.”
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