Rangers manager Graeme Murty thinks Sunday’s Scottish Cup clash with Ayr United might come “too soon” for Bruno Alves after the veteran defender returned to training following a calf injury.
Alves has been sidelined since the Old Firm clash on December 30th when he limped out after only 17 minutes however the Portuguese international returned to full training on Thursday.
In Alves’ absence Murty has played Russell Martin and David Bates at the heart of his defence with the pair impressing and also has Fabio Cardoso and youngster Aidan Wilson in reserve, but the manager has left the door open over an unlikely comeback.

“Bruno Alves is back in full training but it may be a little too soon for him to start for now,” Murty said, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account.

Alves has made 17 appearances so far for the Ger since signing from Serie A side Cagliari and looked set for a quick-fire return to Italy with reports linking him with a January move to Benevento, according to the Daily Record.
With a World Cup rapidly approaching – as well as the end of the veteran’s playing career – the Portuguese defender will be desperate for regular games between now and the end of the season if he is to have any chance of making Portugal’s 23-man squad for Russia.
After the trip to Ayr, Rangers’ next game is against Hamilton on February 18th.
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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