Rangers senior player may be out until 2018 with injury setback
By James Black
Rangers captain Lee Wallace looks set to be out of action until the new year after confirming he has only reached the halfway point in his recovery.
Wallace, 30, has been missing since undergoing surgery on a groin injury in September but now faces missing out until the end of the winter break in early 2018.
Welsh defender Declan John has deputised for the skipper but his latest set-back will be a blow with a new manager due at Rangers imminently.
Senior player Wallace is confident the worst is behind him however and hopes he can get back to a level where he can fight for a place in the starting XI quickly.
“When I went to Manchester a couple of weeks ago we earmarked that as being the halfway stage,” Wallace said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun website.
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“I came back up here and day to day we are going to try to work as hard as we can so I can get myself in good enough shape to be ready for the squad.
“If I can get back and get to a strong level, the level I want to be at, then hopefully I can get back into the team.”
With manager Pedro Caixinha sacked last month, Wallace will now be preparing to play under his seventh manager at Ibrox since heading across the M8 from Hearts in 2011.
Wallace has made 259 appearances for the Ibrox giants since joining and – alongside Barrie McKay – was one of two players to play for the club in every division following their demotion to Division Three in 2012.
After meeting Celtic on December 30th, the Gers are out of competitive action until January 24th then they face Aberdeen.
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