Caixinha delivers fitness update on Rangers pair Kranjcar and Hill
By Russell Edge
Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha has confirmed that midfielder Niko Kranjcar is back in full training after recovering from a serious anterior cruciate ligament injury.
The Croatian international has been out of action since picking up the injury during training back in October, but is finally back out on the pitch having returned to training with the first team on Tuesday.
However, boss Caixinha is cautious over the 32-year-old making the step up too quickly after such a serious injury, and insists he will be monitored as he continues to recover and prepare for the off-season.
Speaking to Rangers TV, available on the club’s official website, Caixinha said: “On Tuesday he took part in the training session with no limitations; he trained like all the other players.
“That allows him to start his pre-season now and not when the rest of the squad do in a month or so time.
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“On Wednesday he will be back working with Steve Walker, our physio, then the day after he’ll be back training with the team, then off again and so on.”
Kranjcar’s return will be a big boost to Caixinha, who is yet to work with the Croatian after replacing former Rangers boss Mark Warburton back in March.
The 46-year-old also gave an injury update on Kranjcar’s teammate Clint Hill, and said that the defender is in contention to take part in the Old Firm derby with Celtic this weekend.
The match provides a chance for Rangers to gain revenge on their local rivals, who knocked them out of the Scottish Cup semi-finals in both sides’ last game last weekend.
“It is a possibility he (Hill) will play on Saturday,” admitted Caixinha to Rangers TV. “He had returned on Friday but he started with us this week full power.”
Former QPR man Hill had been missing from the side for over a month with a calf strain.
In other Rangers transfer news, the club have been installed as favourites to secure the signing of a 13-goal striker.