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'Freak accident' robs Rangers of Lafferty

Striker Kyle Lafferty is expected to be out of action for the remainder of Rangers FC's UEFA Champions League group stage campaign after suffering "a freak accident" in training.

Kyle Lafferty is expected to be sidelined for the next four weeks
Kyle Lafferty is expected to be sidelined for the next four weeks ©Getty Images

Rangers FC forward Kyle Lafferty looks certain to miss the Scottish titleholders' remaining UEFA Champions League Group C fixtures after breaking a bone in his hand in what the club called "a freak accident".

The 23-year-old, capped 28 times by Northern Ireland, is a confirmed absentee for tonight's game against Manchester United FC at Ibrox and most likely their Matchday 6 trip to Bursaspor too.

The Glasgow outfit said Lafferty had suffered "a freak accident" in training to add his name to an injury list already featuring Nikica Jelavić, Maurice Edu and Madjid Bougherra, all of whom are expected to sit out Rangers' final Group C matches. Saša Papac will also skip the United encounter with a head injury. Walter Smith's side are third in the standings.