STEVEN Gerrard will have to wait on the fitness of Scott Arfield as he faces a race against time to be fit for Thursday’s Europa League Qualifier.

Arfield did not travel to Macedonia this week after suffering an injury in the Gers game against FK Shkupi at Ibrox.

The midfielder is nursing a knee knock which forced him off in the 67th minute of the first leg. The manager told RangersTV he still doesn’t know if the 29-year-old will be ready to play Osijek in Croatia.

Speaking to RangersTV Gerrard said:

“I will speak to the doctor today but as of yesterday Scott Arfield is improving slowly, but we are not sure whether he will be available next week to play Osijek.

“We will have to play that one by ear and see if he improves in the coming days.”

Declan John also missed the trip to Skopje in midweek, after the full-back picked up a back issue.

According to Gerrard the full-back should be ready to travel to Croatia, to provide back-up to Jon Flanagan, who has started both of the Light Blues competitive games so far.

The manager continued:

“Declan John is back in full training; he trained yesterday and had no issues with his back problem which he had.

“Besides that everyone is fine, Lee Wallace has done a bit of pitch based stuff and Graham Dorrans is pushing each day to improve his fitness levels. Jordan Rossiter will still be a little while just yet.”

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