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Murty confirms 'significant' injury blow for Rangers star, will miss rest of season

Rangers manager Graeme Murty has confirmed that star left-back Declan John is set to miss the remainder of the season after suffering a broken hand after a fall at training.

The Welshman missed the 5-0 thrashing by Celtic, with Andy Halliday taking his place, and Murty confirmed that he could miss next weekend’s clash with Kilmarnock at Ibrox as well as the trips to Pittodrie to face Aberdeen and then Easter Road to take on Hibs on the final day of the season.

John has been an impressive addition to the squad since arriving from Cardiff City on deadline day in August and has been a mainstay in the side since September.

Murty revealed the 22-year-old trained on Saturday with his hand heavily-strapped but admitted he “just couldn’t do it.”

“We tried to keep it quiet but Declan fell in training, really innocuously, he’s broke his hand,” Murty told RangersTV, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

“He’s broken the third metacarpal, it’s a significant break.

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“It looks like that might be him for the season.

“We tried to have a look at it and bless Declan, he had a go.

“He tried to train yesterday with it strapped up heavily and he just couldn’t do it.”

John initially joined the Gers on a season-long loan before agreeing a permanent switch in January.

The Welshman recently returned to the international scene when he played in both of Ryan Giggs’ first two games as Wales manager last month.

Andy Halliday, Lee Hodson and Myles Beerman are the alternatives available for the Gers at left-back with club captain Lee Wallace suspended by the club and John now out injured.

Football Insider verdict

John will be a big loss for the Gers and his injury couldn’t have come at a worse time. Andy Halliday tried to fill in against Celtic but struggled to look comfortable there – despite an impressive opening 15 minutes. Halliday will likely keep the jersey as Lee Hodson is even worse but it isn’t a choice any manager wants to have thrust on him. John is going to be a big player for the Gers next season but his absence will definitely be felt over the next few weeks as the Gers try to secure second in the league.

In other Rangers news, the club have sealed two new signings and three more are in the pipeline in an ASTONISHING transfer blitz before the window even opens.

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