By James Black
Rangers have been given a major injury boost with the news Portuguese defender Bruno Alves has returned to training.
The 35-year-old has missed Rangers’ last three games after picking up a calf strain during the Scottish Premiership draw with Partick Thistle.
Teenager Ross McCrorie has deputised in Alves’ absence and the Rangers Academy graduate has barely put a foot wrong since his promotion to the first-team.
Senior Gers player Alves missed the recent Old Firm clash with Celtic as well as games with Partick Thistle and Hamilton as he travelled to Madrid for treatment with Cristiano Ronaldo’s personal physio.
Now with the Portugal international set-up, Alves has confirmed that he is back on the training field.
“Happy for first training after injury and back to Portugal national team,” Alves said in a post on his personal Instagram account.
Alves joined Rangers over the summer from Serie A side Cagliari and has regularly partnered compatriot Fabio Cardoso at the heart of Rangers’ defence.
So far this season Alves has made eight appearances for the Gers and will likely return to the squad for the trip to face St. Johnstone in the Scottish Premiership on October 13th.
Rangers lead the Saints on goal difference and the return of Alves will no doubt prove to be a huge boost to Pedro Caixinha.
The veteran defender has won 94 caps for his country and is in the squad for Portugal’s crucial final two World Cup qualifying fixtures with Andorra and Switzerland.