Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

Kyle Lafferty out for six weeks

Kyle Lafferty

Kyle Lafferty will discover today if his season is over.

The Rangers striker will return to hospital in Glasgow to see a specialist about the ankle he injured after scoring in Saturday’s 2-2 against Hearts but he is already facing six weeks on the sidelines due to suspected ligament damage — and that’s a best case scenario.

It is a cruel blow for the Kesh man who had bagged three goals in his last three outings for the Ibrox giants, bringing his tally for the season to nine.

The 21-year old ex-Burnley hitman was taken to a nearby hospital for tests on Saturday after sustaining the injury and will return this morning after the swelling subsided.

The latest injury to disrupt Lafferty’s season has forced him to pull out the Northern Ireland squad to face Slovenia on April 1 and he was already suspended for this Saturday’s vital clash with Poland at Windsor Park.

Rangers boss Walter Smith will be keeping his fingers crossed his in-form front man will receive good news although the club’s medical staff have already ruled him out until the beginning of May.

That means he will miss the majority of the SPL title run-in with the Light Blues three points adrift of champions Celtic, and the Scottish Cup semi-final against St Mirren.

Since making the £3.25m summer switch from Turf Moor, the Northern Ireland star has suffered a number of niggling injuries which have hampered his progress. In recent weeks however, he was showing the sort of form that attracted the interest of Fulham, Celtic and Wolves last year before securing his dream move to Rangers.

Northern Ireland boss Nigel Worthington has replaced Lafferty in his squad with Rangers reserve player Andrew Little.

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