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2nd Nov, 2017 | 2:42pm

Rangers mainstay to undergo surgery on Friday - confirmed

By James Black

Rangers defender Fabio Cardoso has confirmed that he needs to undergo surgery on his broken nose and will go under the knife on Friday.

The 23-year-old’s nose was left in pieces after the Scottish League Cup semi-final clash with Motherwell when Ryan Bowman twice smashed the defender in the face with an elbow.

The Portuguese defender has since missed the Gers’ games with Kilmarnock and Hearts as he recovers but will miss even more game time as he prepares for surgery.

Cardoso has been a mainstay in the Light Blues’ starting XI so far this season but will now almost certainly not see any action before the Gers face Hamilton on November 18th.

“One day for the operation” Cardoso said, in a post on his personal Twitter account.

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With Bruno Alves suspended for the clash with Partick Thistle on Saturday, it now looks certain that interim boss Graeme Murty will be forced to continue with Danny Wilson and Ross McCrorie in central defence.

Cardoso joined the Gers from Vitoria Setubal over the summer and has made 14 appearances so far.

Despite needing surgery, Cardoso may get lucky and only miss one more game thanks to the international break next week.

In other Rangers news, an Ibrox legend was delighted to see Kenny Miller back in the starting XI.

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