'Might need something done' - Rangers defender details injury update after being sidelined
Rangers defender Russell Martin has given an update on the back injury which forced him out of the Scotland squad to face Costa Rica and Hungary and admits he was gutted to miss out on the Old Firm clash because of it.
Martin sat out the 3-2 defeat by Celtic before returning to the Gers’ starting XI for Saturday’s surprise reverse against Kilmarnock on Saturday before being withdrawn from the national squad a little over 24 hours later.
The 32-year-old suffered a back injury in the build-up to the Celtic clash but admits he “might” need the time to rest and let his back heal before the Gers’ final run of fixtures.
“It’s something the medical team here had to discuss and Scotland and Norwich have a say in it too,” Martin said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“I might need something done this week, not surgery or anything, but I might need the time to go and get my back right, because I need to be fit for a big run in.
“I was gutted to miss the Celtic game, but I trained Thursday and Friday and felt right for Kilmarnock, so it was really disappointing to lose.”
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Since arriving in Glasgow in January, the 32-year-old has impressed in his nine appearances for Graeme Murty as he tries to win a permanent deal at Ibrox.
Martin has won 29 caps for Scotland but won’t be adding to them yet after being named in the national team squad for the first time since 2016 as new boss Alex McLeish starts preparing for the upcoming Nations League campaign.
Rangers return to action after the international break on March 31st when they travel to Fir Park to face Motherwell in the Scottish Premiership.
Football Insider verdict:
Losing Martin will be a big blow for the Gers with David Bates already out of action for six weeks. Hopefully the defender is fit again by the time the Light Blues return from the international break and it means Fabio Cardoso and Bruno Alves don’t need to start together. Martin has done well since arriving and looks more comfortable than either of the Portuguese duo have in central defence from Graeme Murty’s side. The 32-year-old has picked up one or two niggles already though which might be of concern to the Gers if they are considering a permanent move for Martin.
In other Rangers news, fans have demanded that the club signs this Old Firm scourge in the summer, claiming he is better than Celtic’s Olivier Ntcham.