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28th Feb, 2018 | 5:00am

Graeme Murty confirms injury blow for Rangers first teamer after win v St Johnstone

Rangers manager Graeme Murty has confirmed Declan John’s groin injury after the Welshman was forced to sit out the 4-1 win over St. Johnstone on Tuesday night.
The 22-year-old was replaced by Andy Halliday in the Gers’ starting XI after some “discomfort” in his groin during training at the club’s Auchenhowie training ground on Monday.
The former Cardiff City defender has been in fantastic form for the Gers since arriving in August and has been a mainstay in the side since injury forced captain Lee Wallace out of action in September.
Murty confirmed the first teamer would be assessed “later on” but didn’t give any hints on when John is expected to return or if he will be available for the upcoming Old Firm clash with Celtic.
“Declan felt a little discomfort in his groin yesterday, so it’s precautionary and we’re going to take him out of the line-up and we’re just going to assess him later on,” Murty said, in a video shared by the Gers’ official Twitter account.

John initially arrived at Ibrox on a season-long loan before penning a three-and-a-half year deal with the Gers in December to make his switch permanent.
The Welsh international has made 25 appearances, scoring three times and chipping in with three assists for Murty’s side.
With John potentially out of the upcoming Scottish Cup quarter-final with Falkirk and Scottish Premiership clash with Celtic, Murty will be hoping captain Lee Wallace can prove his fitness ahead of two massive games for the Ibrox giants.
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