Rangers manager Graeme Murty has revealed captain Lee Wallace has had a “flare up” which has set his recovery from injury back again.

Wallace has been sidelined since September and Murty revealed the Gers were having to take their time with the defender’s fitness.

The Gers boss admitted he was “hopeful” the senior player would be able to get “back onto grass” this week but insists the Light Blues need to “respect” Wallace’s body.

“He had a flare up from a small procedure to try and alleviate some tension in his groin,” Murty told RangersTV, as quoted by the Evening Times.

“We are hopeful of getting him back onto the grass this week but obviously it is a time where his body is telling him some signals that aren’t great for us.

“So we have to take our time with him and make sure we respect the athlete and get him back onto the grass and give him a load that is commensurate to his level and give him something that he is capable of doing.”

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With Wallace out of action, Welshman Declan John has made the left-back spot his own and will provide stiff competition for the former Hearts star when he does finally return.

Football Insider verdict:

Wallace’s luck with injury seems to be non-existent after yet another set-back in his recovery. Similar happened with Wallace a few years ago when a small injury kept causing more and more problems, forcing Wallace to spend a decent amount of time on the sidelines. With Declan John doing a solid job of deputising, Wallace will face a serious fight for his place in the side whenever he does finally return to action. With so little left of the season, it may be worth looking at keeping Wallace wrapped in cotton-wool until the summer and getting him fit for the start of the next campaign.

In other Rangers news, Neil Lennon has revealed he has “major concerns” over potentially facing Rangers three times at Ibrox.

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