Rangers midfielder and Nigeria international, Joe Aribo, now looks set to miss out on playing for Nigeria against Brazil in Singapore on 13 October, after suffering a cut to his head during Rangers’ League Cup win against Livingstone.
The Nigeria international required 20 stitches after a challenge by Livingston’s Rickie Lamie.
Steven Gerrard confirmed Aribo will miss Saturday’s visit of Aberdeen after being “cut all the way to the bone”.
“I will be very surprised if we see Aribo play before the international break,” the Rangers boss said.
“It is his first time out of London and he has settled very well. This will be a setback but knowing him he will bounce back, he didn’t even want to come off yesterday which shows his mentality.”
Aribo was substituted before the break in the 1-0 win at the Tony Macaroni Arena after Lamie’s forearm hit the former Charlton midfielder on the head.
After the match Gerrard questioned whether the Livingston defender should have remained on the pitch, and repeated his thoughts on Thursday.
“I don’t think the player has gone in to intentionally hurt him but that in my book is serious dangerous play and in any other league it is a red card,” he said.