STEVEN GERRARD has confirmed midfielder Joe Aribo missed the draw with Benfica on Thursday night through illness. 

The Rangers boss revealed fitness doubts over Ryan Jack and Bongani Zungu earlier this week. 

And he was dealt another blow when Aribo was forced out of the squad for the Group D clash. 

Rangers were held to a 2-2 draw at Ibrox as Scott Arfield and Kemar Roofe netted for Gerrard's side.

And the Gers boss cleared up Aribo's absence following a thrilling European encounter. 

Gerrard said: “He was unwell. He had a stomach complaint [on Wednesday] night. Hopefully he will be available for the weekend.

“It’s important to say it is not Covid-related. He was negative on his test, before people start putting two and two together."