By James Black
Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha has given a comprehensive update on injuries in his squad ahead of the trip to face St. Johnstone on Friday.
Senior players Niko Kranjcar, Danny Wilson, Lee Wallace, Jordan Rossiter and Bruno Alves have all been missing in recent weeks but Caixinha has confirmed that Kranjcar and Wilson have both rejoined the squad while Alves will be assessed after returning from the Portugal national team’s camp.
Caixinha also confirmed that Rossiter should be able to return to training after his recent injury worries.
“It’s going to be a short week as we play on Friday, so the players who will play on Tuesday like Bruno, and we hope he plays against Switzerland, will only have three days to recover.” Caixinha told RangersTV, as quoted by the club website.
“The same will happen with Ross (McCrorie) who is playing in Latvia.
“This is the reality, and we need to organise things in that way.
“The boys who are here are doing a great job and the only thing we are thinking about at the moment is getting three more points on Friday.
“Maybe next week, Jordan can start training with the team. Niko and Danny started the previous week and will be with us again this week.”
Rangers haven’t had their troubles to seek with injuries over the last few weeks with 19-year-old defender McCrorie thrust into the first team after two of the Gers’ three first-team centre-backs picked up injuries.
To make matters worse, left-backs Wallace and Declan John also both picked up injuries and have missed game time.
With the Light Blues’ squad getting close to full strength, Caixinha will be hoping his side’s form improves with a League Cup semi-final against Motherwell just around the corner.
Rangers travel to Perth on Friday to face St. Johnstone in a crucial Scottish Premiership match with both sides level on points.
Leaders Aberdeen and Celtic have a six-point cushion ahead of their fixtures on Saturday and a win on Friday night for the Gers could put pressure on them.