Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 22 July 2014

Lafferty set to return before end of campaign

Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty has been told he should return to action before the end of the season.

Lafferty damaged ankle ligaments after scoring the opening goal for Rangers in Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Hearts — ruling him out of the Northern Ireland squad for this weekend’s World Cup qualifier against Poland — and was told on Monday that he faced at least six weeks out.

However, a scan yesterday revealed no further damage to the Kesh-man’s ankle.

A statement on the club's official website described Lafferty's blow as a "significant injury" but added that Rangers expect him to return in early May.

That could see the 21-year-old play a role in the Scottish Premier League title run-in, which concludes on May 24.

Lafferty, who has scored nine goals this season, would also be firmly in contention to play in the Homecoming Scottish Cup final on May 30, should Rangers get past semi-final opponents St Mirren.

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