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Gerrard’s despair as veteran Defoe is crocked by hamstring blow

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Jermain Defoe is facing at least a month out of action after suffering a hamstring injury in last night’s friendly against Motherwell. The former England striker came on as a substitute after an hour.

The veteran striker will be 38 in October, despite his incredibly professional attitude to training he will have to be very careful about his return to action leaving Alf Morelos as the only available striker at Ibrox.

Defoe was recently mouthing off about the incredible quality of the Ibrox squad, over the next few weeks he can take a back-seat watching his team-mates setting off to stop Celtic winning a 10th consecutive title.

Kick Off for last night’s friendly was delayed for two hours due to a delay in getting the results back for test results among the Ibrox squad.

After the match Gerrard told Premier Sports:

The only disappointment from tonight is obviously Jermain’s injury. We know what it is. We believe it is a hamstring but until we scan it that’s when we will find out how long it will be and the extent.

I went on record saying I need to add in terms of firepower, so we’ll wait and see but that’s the level we’re looking for and we took it on from our performances in France.

Since finishing last season trophyless Gerrard has added Jon McLaughlin and Calvin Bassey to his squad. The former Leicester City starlet was in the Murray Park XI beaten 4-1 yesterday by Dundee United.

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