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8th Feb, 2018 | 2:54pm

Rangers handed senior boost as missing man pictured on comeback trail

Rangers defender Bruno Alves has returned to full-training with his Ibrox team-mates after spending over a month on the sidelines with a calf injury picked up in December’s 0-0 draw with Old Firm rivals Celtic.
The Portuguese international spent time in his homeland receiving treatment while the Gers’ first-team travelled to Florida for a warm-weather training camp during January’s winter break.
The veteran defender was spotted in a video shared on the club’s official YouTube channel being put through his paces in a practice game during Thursday’s training session at the club’s Auchenhowie training facility in Milngavie

In Alves’ absence the Gers have played David Bates and new signing Russell Martin in central defence but the 96-times capped Portuguese could now come into contention for a place when the Light Blues face Ayr United in the Scottish Cup on Sunday, in what would be a big boost to manager Graeme Murty.
The 36-year-old has made 17 appearances since arriving from Serie A side Cagliari last summer and looked close to leaving Ibrox last month after reports in the Daily Record claimed the Light Blues had “agreed a deal” with Benevento.
Alves will be desperate to get back playing as quickly as possible with this summer’s World Cup in Russia rapidly approaching and the former Porto, Zeit St. Petersburg and Fenerbahce defender hoping to secure a place in Portugal’s 23-man squad.
In other Rangers news, it can be revealed that a key first teamer has sensationally asked to leave after the board failed to stick to their promise of giving him a new deal during the transfer window.
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