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Rangers' boss Mark Warburton tips Croat midfielder Kranjcar to hit back

By Andy Newport

Published 16/11/2016

Injury woe: Mark Warburton lost Niko Kranjcar for the rest of the season
Injury woe: Mark Warburton lost Niko Kranjcar for the rest of the season

Mark Warburton has backed Niko Kranjcar to return fitter and stronger after surgeons reported the Rangers playmaker's knee surgery had been a success. The Croat midfielder ruptured his cruciate ligament last month in a freak training ground accident.

The devastating injury means the former Portsmouth, Tottenham and QPR attacker will not feature again this season.

Warburton has cautioned supporters with the news that the 32-year-old is for a long battle, but he is hopeful Kranjcar will make a full recovery.

The Englishman told Gers' official website: "Niko's operation went well, the stitches came out on Monday and the inflammation is down.

He is going through the normal four weeks [recovery period] and then he will revisit the surgeon and hopefully get the green light to push on from there.

"It is a really structured programme, there is no cutting corners and unfortunately it is a very common injury in football now but the programme is set.

"He is in great hands and his attitude is first-class and we have no doubt he will return back fitter and stronger than ever."

Warburton has also been left frustrated after seeing midfielder Jordan Rossiter suffer another a setback in his fight for fitness. The 19-year-old Liverpudlian is nursing a calf injury, having not played since late August.

"Jordan is getting there, he had a small set-back and there is a lot of work being done with him," said Warburton.

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