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Massive injury blow for Gerrard with reports that defender faces nine months out of action

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Reports on Twitter tonight suggest that Nikola Katic has suffered a cruciate injury in training and is facing nine months out of action.

The rumour has been backed up by Jordan Campbell of The Athletic who has access to the inner workings of Ibrox.

Central defence was believed to be one area of the team that Steven Gerrard was needing to strengthen, if Katic is out it leaves the Ibrox boss with Connor Goldson, George Edmondson and Filip Helander to work with.

With Andy Halliday and Jon Flanagan freed and Matt Polster about to sign for Chicago Fire Gerrard is suddenly finding himself short of options at the back as he prepares for a vital season.

Katic was often the fall guy last season, Goldson and Tavernier seemed immune from criticism, but his likely loss could force Ross Wilson into the transfer market. The Croatian u-21 internationalist started 17 of last season’s 29 SPFL Premiership matches.

Since the end of the season Gerrard has added Jon McLaughlin and Calvin Bassey to his squad.

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