By Matt Farr
Croatia FA doctor Boris Nemec claims that Niko Kranjcar could be back in action for Rangers within two months.
The 32-year-old has been out of action for the Scottish club since October, when he suffered a knee injury that initially threatened to end his season.
However, Kranjcar’s doctor Nemec, has insisted that the midfielder has been making unexpectedly rapid progress in his recovery, and could be in action much earlier than expected – an update that will no doubt delight Rangers fans.
He told the Scottish Sun: “He clenched his teeth and got on with intensive, painstaking training. His reward for this is he will be back playing quicker than anyone expected.
“He’s currently on a programme to run and strengthen his muscles and very soon will begin ball work. But if he continues at this rate of progress, he will be back playing in two months.
“I certainly think he will be back playing for Rangers for the season finale.”
The Croatia international moved to Ibrox at the start of the season, and made a lasting impression before being sidelined with his devastating injury.
From 15 appearances in all competitions, Kranjcar contributed three goals and three assists, but he may be able to add to his haul before the curtain comes down on the current campaign.
His last appearance for the club was in the victory over Inverness on October 14.
The former Premier League midfielder, who enjoyed spells in the top-flight with Tottenham and Portsmouth prior to his Ibrox move, resumed light training last week.
Kranjcar was brought to the club by Mark Warburton, who was dismissed from his post as Rangers manager on Friday.