Nigeria international Joe Aribo was on the end of a nasty-looking collision in the Scottish League Cup on Tuesday night, and required 20 stitches to repair the damage.
Livingston’s Rickie Lamie made contact with an elbow, which he swung in the face of the Rangers midfielder as both players went up for a high ball just 20 minutes into the game. Aribo then required extended medical attention on the pitch, and a stretcher was brought in. However, after copious bandaging, he was able to leave the pitch under his own power.
Not good news for Joe Aribo, who's been stretchered off after an elbow split him open in the Scottish League against Livingston. Might very well require stitches, that.— Solace Chukwu (@TheOddSolace) September 25, 2019
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Gers manager Steven Gerrard was livid in the aftermath, saying, “Joe needed to have 20 stitches so he had a real nasty gash that went right through.
“You could see he was gushing with blood but the doctor did a fantastic job. He’s bandaged up and he went straight home, so we will see how he is. But he will certainly be out for the weekend.
“Unfortunately he will be missing for a short while with 20 stitches in his forehead but it is what it is.”
Remarkably, Livingston boss Gary Holt also had words about the officiating on the night, believing his side should have had a man advantage for another tackle later on in the proceedings.
Rangers would go on to win the game 1-0, advancing to the semi-finals of the League Cup.
It remains to be seen how this affects Aribo’s involvement in next month’s international window, when Nigeria’s Super Eagles are slated to face Brazil in a friendly in Singapore. The 23-year-old had expressed his excitement at the prospect of facing the five-time world champions, declaring the Selecao “the type of opponents I want to be playing against”.