Ros­siter suf­fers an­other se­ri­ous in­jury blow

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STEVEN GER­RARD has backed mid­fielder Jor­dan Ros­siter to re­cover from his lat­est in­jury set­back af­ter he was ruled out for the rest of the cam­paign with a knee in­jury.

The for­mer Liver­pool kid clinched a loan deal to Fleet­wood in the sum­mer as he re­turned south of the bor­der in search of reg­u­lar first-team action.

Ros­siter had be­come a fea­ture of the Fleet­wood side un­der the guid­ance of for­mer Ibrox team­mates Joey Bar­ton and Clint Hill, but his 19th ap­pear­ance of the season will prove to be his last of the cam­paign af­ter he sus­tained a se­ri­ous knee in­jury in the clos­ing stages of the home win over Tran­mere last week­end.

High­bury boss Bar­ton has con­firmed that Ros­siter will be out of action for a “pro­longed pe­riod” as the 22-year-old, who has seen his ca­reer be­set by a se­ries of prob­lems in re­cent times, faces up to an­other lengthy spell on the side­lines.

And Ger­rard has sym­pa­thy for the young­ster who was tipped for a bright fu­ture when he made his An­field break­through.

He said: “It’s ex­tremely dis­ap­point­ing for the kid be­cause he got him­self back play­ing reg­u­larly and he showed that he can be a ro­bust player. He was in good form and en­joy­ing his foot­ball and it was great to see. It’s a huge blow for him and it’s bad luck.

“But know­ing the kid he is men­tally strong and he will bounce back. I’m sure he will get the sup­port he needs.

“I think he has de­cided to stay down in Fleet­wood. We opened it up to him to come here and re­ceive treat­ment but Fleet­wood is closer to his home and fam­ily so it makes sense for him to get treat­ment there.

“But all our med­i­cal staff are avail­able to him for what­ever he needs over the course of the in­jury and we wish him a speedy re­cov­ery.”

Chris Jack

James Tav­ernier is look­ing for­ward to a po­ten­tially make-or-break month in Rangers’ season in the league, cup and in Europe

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