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Weir could make surprise recovery

Weir could make surprise recovery




FIORENTINA v RANGERS (0-0)

UEFA CUP SEMI-FINAL SECOND LEG
Venue: Stadio Artemio Franchi

Date: Thursday, 1 May
Kick-off: 1945 BST

Coverage: BBC Sport website, BBC Radio Scotland & BBC Radio 5 Live








Rangers defender David Weir
Weir was ruled out on Tuesday with a groin injury






Rangers manager Walter Smith says David Weir has made a 'great recovery' and could play in their Uefa Cup semi-final second leg against Fiorentina.


The Glasgow club had confirmed the defender's absence on Tuesday with a groin injury, but he flew to Florence with the squad on Wednesday morning.


Steven Davis also had a groin complaint after Sunday's match, but the midfielder is in the frame to play.


However, Allan McGregor, Lee McCulloch and Charlie Adam are definitely out.


Steven Naismith, Chris Burke and DaMarcus Beasley are also on the long Ibrox injury list.


But Barry Ferguson and Kevin Thomson return from European suspensions.


Weir limped off injured during Sunday's Old Firm defeat and, although scans showed no muscle tear, the club ruled him out of Thursday's crucial match.

However, Smith had more positive news as the club departed from Glasgow Airport.



























Interview: Rangers assistant manager Ally McCoist


"It is now possible that Davie will play," the Rangers manager told the club's website.


"When he came off on Sunday we thought he would miss the Fiorentina match.


"But he has made a great recovery and there is now a chance he will make it.


"It's obviously a boost for us because he and Carlos Cuellar - along with Allan McGregor behind them - have been key players for us this season."





Rangers (from): Alexander, Weir, Papac, Hemdani, Novo, Darcheville, Broadfoot, Cuellar, Whittaker, Dailly, Davis, Ferguson, Thomson, G Smith, Buffel, Boyd, Cousin, Faye.




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