After suffering an injury in the Premiership last weekend, Gers head coach Gio van Bronckhorst has confirmed that Filip Helander will not play again this season.
He was forced off the field in the 45th minute after landing awkwardly and not being able to continue.
Van Bronckhorst said: “Filip’s injury is not good, we won’t have him for the remainder of the season.”
His absence will have a significant impact on the club’s cup and Premiership squad rotation.
Since February 20th, the defender has started five domestic matches, indicating that the head coach has relied on him on a semi-regular basis as an option.
Helander has been a useful substitute for the likes of Leon Balogun and Calvin Bassey in the Premiership and the Scottish Cup.
For the remainder of this season, Van Bronckhorst will be without one of his more seasoned defenders.
Pressure on other players could lead to them being overworked on the field, which could lead to further injuries.
The fact that the defender has suffered a major knee injury for the second time this season will also be a source of frustration for the fans.
After six league appearances this season, some fans may question whether or not he’s worth keeping. They would be better off selling him and bringing in a more reliable player to replace him.