Smith closes on Gers return
Rangers are hopeful that Stevie Smith's injury woes are behind him after a successful hernia operation.
By Peter Fraser
Last Updated: 20/11/07 3:09pm
Rangers are hopeful that defender Stevie Smith's injury woes are behind him after a successful hernia operation.
However, Smith - who has gone under the knife three times in a year - is not expected to be ready to return to training with Rangers for another month.
Smith has not played since December 2006 because of a persistent pelvic problem, but Rangers manager Walter Smith is hopeful the solution has now been found.
"Andy's operation was a straightforward one as it was a clean-up of his knee so we will be looking at him being three weeks out before he is back training," said boss Smith.
Rangers have also been boosted by the news that defender Andy Webster is thought to be three weeks away from training after a successful knee operation.
But there is some bad news for the Rangers as forward Nacho Novo has suffered a shoulder injury.
The Spaniard sustained the problem in the recent behind-closed-doors friendly with Middlesbrough and it is reported that he could be out of action for up to one month.