Smith hopeful over Bougherra
Walter Smith hopes Madjid Bougherra can recover for the Champions League game with Unirea Urziceni.
By Richard Bailey
Last Updated: 28/10/09 12:42pm
Walter Smith is hopeful that Madjid Bougherra can recover in time for the crucial UEFA Champions League clash with Unirea Urziceni.
The defender has missed Rangers' last four games after injuring his knee in training and was expected to be out for some time.
However Smith believes, with some intensive daily treatment, the 27-year-old can feature in the must-win clash in Romania.
The Algeria international was expected to return for the SPL match with St Mirren in ten days' time but the Gers boss is hoping to bring that comeback date forward by three days.
"I think there is a possibility that Madjid Bougherra could be fit for Romania next week," Smith told Rangers News.
"With a week of treatment in the build-up, there must be a chance. He has some bruising on the ligament but, with daily work on that, I would hope he would be fit to travel with us to Bucharest."
Having had to deal with injuries to the likes of Pedro Mendes and Lee McCulloch, Smith was delighted to announce that long-term injury victims Maurice Edu and Kirk Broadfoot could be back playing within two weeks.
"Maurice had a bit of a problem with his knee and had to go and get an injection, and that set him back a couple of weeks," he highlighted.
"So we are looking for Mo and Kirk this week to complete the final part of their rehabilitation and they would then integrate with the group after that.
"We are maybe looking at a fortnight after that before they are ready and, at that point they will need games because of the length of time they have both been out.
"We hope they will be back in full training next week and then it will be a matter of trying to get them a game or two before we could consider them for the first-team."