Date: 16th November 2017 at 4:09pm
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By James Black

Rangers defender David Bates has spoken about his “nightmare” 10-week injury lay-off.

Bates missed an opportunity to play first-team games as injuries Bruno Alves, Danny Wilson and Fabio Cardoso opened the door for Ross McCrorie to come in and make himself a first-team regular.

Bates suffered a ligament injury in training which kept him out of action but the 21-year-old defender has since returned to action and played 90 minutes against Berwick on Wednesday night.

The former Raith Rovers defender made a handful of appearances under Pedro Caixinha earlier this season and hopes that, once he is match fit, he can challenge for a place in the squad.

“I was out for about ten weeks with a strained ligament on my leg,” Bates said, as quoted by the club’s official website.

“It was a bit of a nightmare, but I eventually got over it and I’ve been training now for three weeks.

“I was out for about ten weeks with a trained ligament on my leg. It was a bit of a nightmare, but I eventually got over it and I’ve been training now for three weeks.

“I’m getting there and obviously I need to play games because match sharpness is key.

“I don’t think I’ve played since the end of July and obviously match fitness is completely different to training and I need to get game time to get back in and impress.”

Bates joined the Gers last summer on an initial six-month loan deal before agreeing terms to make his move from Raith Rovers permanent.

The young defender made his debut for the first-team last season going on to make eight appearances before being involved in the Europa League ties with Progres Niederkorn at the beginning of this term.

Bates faces a tough fight for a jersey with Bruno Alves, Fabio Cardoso, Ross McCrorie and Danny Wilson already competing for a first-team place.

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