Rangers first-team mainstay to attend hospital after injury blow - confirmed

By Danny Wright

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha has confirmed that Fabio Cardoso will attend hospital on Monday after suffering a facial injury blow against Motherwell on Sunday.

Cardoso, 23, was rushed off the field of play at Hampden Park with blood covering his face and shirt after he was caught by the flailing elbow from Motherwell forward Ryan Bowman as the Gers went on to lose 2-0 in the Scottish League Cup semi-final.

Although the first-team mainstay revealed that he should be able to play against Kilmarnock on Wednesday night at Ibrox as Premiership action resumes, it has been announced by Caixinha on Rangers’ official Twitter account that the centre-back will face an assessment at hospital that could make or break his chances of playing.

Cardoso has been one of Caixinha’s most relied-upon players this season.

Having signed the defender in the summer from Vitoria Setubal, the ex-Portugual youth international has started every single game across all competitions, making 14 appearances in total.

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Sunday’s loss to Motherwell was the first time that Cardoso failed to take part in the entire 90 minutes of a match too as he was quickly taken off the pitch for immediate attention to his bloodied face.

The second-half flashpoint caused quite a stir on the touchline as Caixinha and Motherwell boss Stephen Robinson were both sent the stands for their reaction as Bowman walked away unpunished.

In other Rangers news, Bowman has taken a stinging swipe at the Gers players after Sunday’s controversial match.

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