The 24-year-old played no part in the 0-0 draw with Colombia and was snapped pitchside with his leg taped up.
With Jose Cifuentes missing out for Ecuador due to a bandaged knee, new Rangers manager Philippe Clement is facing a new injury headache.
The 24-year-old was photographed pitchside with his leg wrapped up after missing the 0-0 draw with Colombia. It comes after the former LAFC player started his country’s 2-1 triumph over Bolivia in La Paz but was forced to leave during the game. And it now appears that Cifuentes will have to fight to be in contention for the Belgian’s first Rangers game as manager against Hibs.
Clement claimed that the team he worked with in his early days did not accurately reflect the players available to him due to those on international service. However, Ryan Jack, who withdrew from Scotland contention, and the returning Todd Cantwell’s availability for the weekend might leave the new boss with a major decision in the heart of the midfield, with Tom Lawrence sustaining an injury before the international break.
“At the moment I did not see it in total as a lot are on international games,” Clement stated during his introduction press conference. We visited part of the squad and practiced with several young players from the academy in the last two days – this is an important element of the job I’ve done with all of my teams to bring through young players. To develop them, to give them opportunities, and to help them grow gradually.
“We began with that and began to implement the first parts of the football we desired to play.” But, since we don’t have all of the players back, you can’t do it with the entire squad. The starting lineup for Saturday was not on the field today.”