Warburton delivers fitness update on Rangers 28-year-old
By Harvey Byrne
Mark Waburton has said that Rangers forward Joe Garner will have a scan on Wednesday after suffering an injury in the Old Firm derby.
The 28-year-old striker started the match upfront against the Gers’ fierce rivals Celtic on New Years Eve.
However, he departed from the pitch after just 15 minutes after dislocating his shoulder in the 2-1 defeat.
Speaking to Rangers TV, Warburton has revealed that he remains hopeful about the extent of the injury as the club waits on scan results.
“Joe has a dislocated shoulder as you saw in the Old Firm game,” told Warburton to Rangers TV, as quoted by the official club website.
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“He’s rugged Joe, he’s robust and our obvious concern is that we have to watch Joe and look after him.
“You always look after the health and welfare of any player but also recognise the way Joe plays the game. He’s aggressive, he’s all out, and he’s fearless in the way he plays.
“He has a scan on Wednesday. We’re very hopeful that the way he has recovered dramatically, in terms of the strength he has shown and the movement in the limb already, means we get good news from the scan and it won’t be too long to keep him out.
“But we do what’s right for Joe Garner so hopefully it will be good news.”
Garner made the switch to the Scottish giants from Championship side Preston in the summer for a £1.5million fee.
He has established himself as a favourite with the supporters due to his aggressive style of play in attack.
However, his return in the striker role has been less than impressive with a poor three goals and two assists in 22 encounters.
Garner will undoubtedly be looking to improve on his goal return when he does comeback from injury, which has seemingly come at the right time for the club.
The Scottish league system had a winter break after the Gers’ clash against Celtic with Warburton’s side’s scheduled for 21 January against Motherwell in the Scottish Cup.
They will face the Well again in the league just seven days later with Rangers looking to secure second place once the season comes to end.
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