By James Black
Rangers interim boss Graeme Murty has given a huge boost to his side as he revealed Fabio Cardoso and Lee Wallace are close to returning from injury.
The Rangers mainstays have been missing for a number of weeks as Rangers have endured a mini-injury crisis in defence.
Wallace underwent surgery on a long-standing groin injury while Cardoso required an operation to surgically repair his nose after it was shattered by Ryan Bowman in last month’s Scottish League Cup semi-final at Hampden.
Murty revealed Wallace had returned to the training pitch during the international break with Cardoso one of a host of first-team players who made the trip to face Berwick in Steven Notman’s testimonial on Wednesday night.
“Fabio trained on Monday and Tuesday and got into the whole session which is good after his nose operation,” Murty said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“Lee Wallace was out on the pitch over the weekend when other people had time off. He is back on the grass this week and doing some high-speed stuff and it is really good to see where he is.
“We are being quite patient and quite cautious with him because we don’t want to push it too soon.”
Cardoso has made 14 appearances for the Light Blues so far this season after his summer move from Vitoria Setubal.
The 23-year-old defender played just under an hour in the 4-0 win over Berwick on Wednesday in his first action since Hampden.
30-year-old club captain Wallace has made 259 appearances since moving to Ibrox from Hearts in 2011.
Wallace inherited the captaincy after Lee Wallace left the club in 2015 and – once Rangers appoint a replacement for Caixinha – will have played under a remarkable seven different managers at Ibrox.
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