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Blow for Rangers as James Beattie is crocked by new injury

Oct 29 2010 Exclusive by Keith Jackson

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James Beattie has been rocked by a new injury blow which has ruled him out of next week's Champions League showdown with Valencia.

Record Sport can reveal the Englishman suffered the setback in his determination to get back to fitness in time for Sunday's Old Firm derby - and was subsequently ruled out of Wednesday night's League Cup win at Kilmarnock.

Beattie had been lined up to play from the start at Rugby Park for the first time since he led the line for Walter Smith's side in a 2-1 win at Hamilton back on September 11.

Since that game the former England international has been plagued by a string of niggles as well as a problem with his hip.

It's believed the hip injury flared up again following his brief comeback appearance from the bench in the 3-1 win over Celtic at Parkhead.

The medics have advised Smith the 32-year-old will now require up to a further two weeks of rehabilitation and the news has devastated Beattie who is desperate to force his way back into Smith's plans.

An Ibrox source said: "It's a real sickener for the lad because he's chomping at the bit to be involved. If anything he just keeps pushing himself too hard.

"Walter knows how badly James wants to get going again and, with Nikica Jelavic out injured, the manager could really do with him back as soon as possible.

"James just wants to get back in and play his part."

Rangers have ended their at tempts to sign French-Algerian Salim Kerkar. The winger impressed Smith during a lengthy trial spell and he tried to sign the player under the impression he was a free agent.

But French Third Division club Guegnon are seeking compensation for Kerkar, who left them in the summer.

Smith said: "Unfortunately for the lad we can't get a decision from FIFA in terms of compensation.

"Guegnon have released him but they are still claiming compensation. So while this situation remains the same, we won't be taking him."

seems destined not to play :disappointment:

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The part that concerns me about that report (if it is factual) on James Beattie's latest injury is the part I've highlighted below.

Quote; "The medics have advised Smith the 32-year-old will now require up to a further two weeks of rehabilitation and the news has devastated Beattie who is desperate to force his way back into Smith's plans.

An Ibrox source said: "It's a real sickener for the lad because he's chomping at the bit to be involved. If anything he just keeps pushing himself too hard." unquote.

We have got sports scientists, fitness trainers, dietitians, doctors et al; at Ibrox who are paid big money to oversee the fitness and rehabilitation of our players at all phases of their contracts.

If we have a player injured, these experts should have a strict fitness regime mapped out for our players that enable them to recover fitness as soon as practical. That being the case, a player shouldn't be allowed to push himself too hard, because he should be following the strict mapping from the medical people.

Rangers are a professional organisation,not a fucking Sunday amateur pub team, so why through the years have we seemed to have had players who have done nothing but wear out a treatment table at Ibrox?

Is there something in the training programme that's causing our players not to recover as quick as they should?

Sometimes I wonder! :anguish:

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The return of the sick-note.

Sorry for the lad, but he's joining a long list of less than illustrious and expensive basket cases who fail to deliver anything substantive in terms of value for money.

Webster, Prodan, Kuznetsov, Negri...Beattie. Ho hum.

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