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McCulloch ruled out of Valencia visit

Rangers FC will be without Lee McCulloch for Wednesday's visit of Valencia CF in the UEFA Champions League after the midfielder suffered a groin injury while playing for Scotland.

Lee McCulloch in action for Rangers
Lee McCulloch in action for Rangers ©Getty Images

Rangers FC midfielder Lee McCulloch has been ruled out of Wednesday's UEFA Champions League match against Valencia CF.

The 32-year-old was substituted at half-time during Scotland's 3-2 UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying defeat by Spain on Tuesday with a groin injury. He will miss Saturday's Scottish Premier League home fixture against Motherwell FC as well as next week's Group C tie at Ibrox and is a doubt for the return at Mestalla on 2 November. "Lee played a half for Scotland and he came back with a groin injury," Rangers manager Walter Smith said. "We think he will be out for two weeks, so he will miss some important games."

Kirk Broadfoot (foot) and James Beattie (hip) will also miss the match against Motherwell with the latter having little chance of returning in time to face the Liga leaders. Rangers have four points from their first two group games, against Manchester United FC and Turkish champions Bursaspor.