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17th Jan, 2017 | 7:15pm

Warburton reveals return date for senior star, no surgery required

By Emma Sanders

Mark Warburton has confirmed that Joe Garner’s injury was not as serious as previously thought and has provided an update as to when the player could be back in action.

It is a major injury boost for the club who feared they could be without the key striker for a considerable amount of time after he picked up the shoulder injury during the New Year’s Eve defeat against Celtic.

Garner underwent a scan to find out the extent of his injury and it came back with positive results as the Rangers manager confirmed he will not be needing surgery.

Warburton confirmed on Saturday that he expected the injury to be short-term, not long-term. Now he has added more detail, saying Garner could be back in action within “two or three weeks” with a return to training as early as next week.

“The scan revealed the damage to be not too serious but obviously he has dislocated his shoulder so there is a period of rehabilitation,” said Warburton, as reported by the Scottish Sun.

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“Joe [Garner] will hopefully be back training within a week or so and then back with us within two or three weeks. There is no surgery required right now.”

It is great news for Rangers who have also been boosted by the return of captain Lee Wallace who is expected to feature against Motherwell on Saturday in the Scottish Cup clash.

Garner is a fan-favourite after joining from Preston in the summer and he has gone on to make 18 appearances in the Scottish Premiership throughout the campaign, scoring three goals in the process.

Football Insider verdict:

The first half of the season hasn’t exactly gone to plan for optimistic Rangers fans, and it’s crucial they kick on and have a successful second half of the season. Having striker Garner back sooner than expected is good news and the return of him and Lee Wallace should lift the team’s spirits. Rangers will have to look at second place in the Premiership as the minimum they’ll accept this season, and look to mount a more serious challenge to the dominance of Celtic next season.  

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