By Matt Farr
Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha has confirmed that midfielder Matt Crooks will be sidelined for 10 weeks as he begins to think about his pre-season preparations.
The Portuguese revealed on Thursday, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account, that the midfielder needs ’10 weeks at least to recover’, following a meeting with the player on Tuesday.
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Crooks, 23, is currently on loan at English League One outfit Scunthorpe until the end of the season, but has missed the last three games through injury.
The Leeds-born midfielder was forced off at half-time during Scunthorpe’s 1-0 win over Bolton on April 8, and Caixinha has confirmed that he will need 10 weeks to recover fully.
Crooks may become a valuable player within the first team squad at Ibrox, as Caixinha begins to assess his players ahead of the summer, and the start of pre-season.
The 23-year-old has been in decent form during his loan spell, contributing three goals and an assist from 12 appearances.
He had rarely featured under previous Rangers boss Mark Warburton over the first half of the campaign, making just two appearances in the Scottish Premiership.
But his return to Ibrox at the end of the season will allow him an opportunity to convince Caixinha of his worth to the Scottish club, but the focus remains fully on his recovery.