Cousin boost for Gers
Striker Daniel Cousin has been cleared to play in Rangers' Uefa Cup clash against Sporting Lisbon.
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 07/04/08 2:13pm
Rangers have been given a boost ahead of their Uefa Cup clash against Sporting Libson with the news that striker Daniel Cousin has been cleared to play.
The French forward has missed Gers' last eight games in all competitions after breaking his jaw in the 2-0 win over Werder Bremen almost five weeks ago.
Rangers had been preparing for the second leg of their tie against the Portuguese side without Cousin, but the stiker has now been given the all-clear to resume playing.
Walter Smith is not worried about Cousin's possible lack of fitness and the Gers boss has hinted he will be involved this week at Estadio José Alvalade.
"Daniel has been cleared to resume playing again, which is a big boost to us," said Smith.
"He has done plenty of running and a lot of work so from a fitness point of view, he is okay.
"Obviously, with taking a knock like he did, it is a case of building up his confidence again more than anything.
"But now he is happy and is able to take part in training games, something he has not done so far.
"Daniel's return gives us an extra striking option.
"With Kris Boyd and Nacho Novo scoring at the weekend and Jean-Claude Darcheville playing well, we have a good mix."