‘Quick healer’ Garner close to re­turn­ing for Rangers


Rangers striker Joe Garner has stepped up his re­cov­ery from a shoul­der in­jury as he tar­gets a po­ten­tial first team re­turn next week.

The English­man was stretchered off in the early stages of the Old Firm derby on Hog­manay after land­ing awk­wardly fol­low­ing a col­li­sion with Celtic de­fender Erik Svi­atchenko. There were fears that Garner could face a con­sid­er­able spell on the treat­ment ta­ble but the in­jury was not as bad as ini­tially sus­pected.

Rangers head to Fir Park on Satur­day aim­ing to record suc­ces­sive wins over Mother­well after their Scot­tish Cup suc­cess last week­end. Garner will once again miss out for the Light Blues but boss Mark Warburton is con­fi­dent he will be back on the park sooner rather than later.

He said: “Joe Garner trained on Thurs­day morn­ing. He was told non-contact. Joe Garner non-contact is you and I smash­ing around with suits of ar­mour on. We had to try and hold him back a lit­tle bit – and he took out two of the play­ers!

“He’s wear­ing a shoul­der brace and will prob­a­bly be back to full contact on Mon­day and I’m sure he’ll be avail­able for the fol­low­ing game. I’m not a med­i­cal ex­pert but the sim­ple fact is if there is too much dam­age in there the threat is it comes out again reg­u­larly so I’m pleased the spe­cial­ist is happy. There is a weak­ness there but Joe be­ing the way he is it might take some­thing spe­cial to pop it out again.

“It might be a game early, it might not. He cer­tainly could be at Tynecas­tle, and like­wise the games on from there. It is pleas­ing to see him back. He is a quick healer and a good pro.”

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