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WALTER SMITH has dismissed reports that Steven Smith has suffered a set-back in his recovery from injury, insisting the defender's rehabilitation is moving along according to plan.

In a bid to return to full fitness the 21-year-old is currently in Belgium completing a specialised programme to strengthen muscles in his groin and it's hoped the extra work will also guard against further problems in the future.

Smith has been out of action since December 17 and therefore has yet to make an appearance under the former Scotland manager at Ibrox.

The left-back initially suffered problems in this area four years ago when coming through the ranks at Murray Park and spent a lengthy period on the sidelines recuperating.

Although he recovered fully from that pelvic issue and became a first team regular under Alex McLeish and then Paul Le Guen, Smith again started to experience discomfort in the latter part of 2007.

This resulted in surgery on his groin and while the rehab has been considerable, the manager is pleased with his defender's progress thus far and expects to see real developments in the coming weeks.

Walter told Rangers.co.uk: "It's correct that Steven is out in Belgium at the moment and the reports back are positive.

"It's untrue to say he has suffered a set-back, this trip has been fixed for some time and it's a progression of his rehabilitation.

"He is over there working on his recovery and is enjoying it very much. It's almost a special pre-season program just for him.

"Due to the nature of his injury and the problems he has had in the past, we felt it was better to go to someone who specialises in that area.

"It's about ensuring he gets his recovery totally right this time.

"The programme will also hopefully guard against any future problems in and around that groin area because it has plagued him for some time now."

The news is also positive on Belgian playmaker Thomas Buffel, who has been out since January 21 following a knee operation.

Like Smith, he has been following his own programme over the summer and will join the squad for its pre-season trip to Germany.

The manager added: "Thomas is coming along well. He is about a week or two behind the players but will come to Germany with us.

"Once there we will continue his rehabilitation and we will be looking to get him playing again a week or so after that."

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Good news on Smith - it was becoming concerning - looks like Buffel will be part of Walter's plans - another intriguing name to add to the variety of formations available

Silly old Waldo eh...how foolish can one get giving that ersehole another chance :pipegreen:

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Good news on Smith - it was becoming concerning - looks like Buffel will be part of Walter's plans - another intriguing name to add to the variety of formations available

Silly old Waldo eh...how foolish can one get giving that ersehole another chance :pipegreen:

You mean Buffel or Smith?

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Good news on Smith - it was becoming concerning - looks like Buffel will be part of Walter's plans - another intriguing name to add to the variety of formations available

Silly old Waldo eh...how foolish can one get giving that ersehole another chance :pipegreen:

You mean Buffel or Smith?

He means Buffel. He wants to see him suffer a career-ending injury.

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Right Fishie THAT is it !

I warned you in that other thread I would sing that song if you were tetchy again...

I dont issue false threats so you reap what you sow....

"Thou shall have a fishy

On a little dishy

Thou shall have a fishy

When the boat comes in."

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Good news on Smith - it was becoming concerning - looks like Buffel will be part of Walter's plans - another intriguing name to add to the variety of formations available

Silly old Waldo eh...how foolish can one get giving that ersehole another chance :pipegreen:

You mean Buffel or Smith?

He means Buffel. He wants to see him suffer a career-ending injury.

That wiz a bit harsh old chap...do I detect a bit of sour grapes there and a wee bit of gangin up :craphead:

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Great news about Smith. With all the conflicting messages comming through its good to get the right story.

As for Buffel, he's got the talent, lets see if Walter can get the consistency out of him.....

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Right Fishie THAT is it !

I warned you in that other thread I would sing that song if you were tetchy again...

I dont issue false threats so you reap what you sow....

"Thou shall have a fishy

On a little dishy

Thou shall have a fishy

When the boat comes in."

Dance tae yer daddy sing tae yer mammy :lol:

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Good news on Smith - it was becoming concerning - looks like Buffel will be part of Walter's plans - another intriguing name to add to the variety of formations available

Silly old Waldo eh...how foolish can one get giving that ersehole another chance :pipegreen:

You mean Buffel or Smith?

He means Buffel. He wants to see him suffer a career-ending injury.

That wiz a bit harsh old chap

I thought it more than that at the time tbh. And still do.

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Good news on Smith - it was becoming concerning - looks like Buffel will be part of Walter's plans - another intriguing name to add to the variety of formations available

Silly old Waldo eh...how foolish can one get giving that ersehole another chance :pipegreen:

You mean Buffel or Smith?

He means Buffel. He wants to see him suffer a career-ending injury.

That wiz a bit harsh old chap

I thought it more than that at the time tbh. And still do.

I never expect anything more than that from you...why should I eh

Your agenda ???????????????????? :pipegreen:

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Good news on Smith - it was becoming concerning - looks like Buffel will be part of Walter's plans - another intriguing name to add to the variety of formations available

Silly old Waldo eh...how foolish can one get giving that ersehole another chance :pipegreen:

You mean Buffel or Smith?

He means Buffel. He wants to see him suffer a career-ending injury.

That wiz a bit harsh old chap

I thought it more than that at the time tbh. And still do.

I never expect anything more than that from you...why should I eh

Your agenda ???????????????????? :pipegreen:

My agenda - to make RM better (tu)

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Good news on Smith - it was becoming concerning - looks like Buffel will be part of Walter's plans - another intriguing name to add to the variety of formations available

Silly old Waldo eh...how foolish can one get giving that ersehole another chance :pipegreen:

You mean Buffel or Smith?

He means Buffel. He wants to see him suffer a career-ending injury.

That wiz a bit harsh old chap

I thought it more than that at the time tbh. And still do.

I never expect anything more than that from you...why should I eh

Your agenda ???????????????????? :pipegreen:

My agenda - to make RM better (tu)

Do what ye have to do...your the man that knows how tae eh but yer goin aff topic :classier_than_pipeguy:

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Do what ye have to do...your the man that knows how tae eh but yer goin aff topic :classier_than_pipeguy:

We are indeed. So; Buffel, do you wish to see him emerging next season?

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buffel should be in the team, it sickens me how people can be so blind when they say he is a bad player etc, or inconsistant or lightweight, its so frustrating.

this guy has genuine quality about him and will IMPROVE our first team when he is in it

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Do what ye have to do...your the man that knows how tae eh but yer goin aff topic :classier_than_pipeguy:

We are indeed. So; Buffel, do you wish to see him emerging next season?

Buffel can GTF as of last pre-season...heez an imposter without the 'T' I may add

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buffel should be in the team, it sickens me how people can be so blind when they say he is a bad player etc, or inconsistant or lightweight, its so frustrating.

this guy has genuine quality about him and will IMPROVE our first team when he is in it

But he IS inconsistant and he IS lightweight.

I think even his biggest fans will admit that.

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how can you be consistant when you are sitting on the bench?

and as for this lightweight garbage, we have had MANY quality players in our time that have been built like buffel.

what is it people want? a team of battering rams? yet we are all moaning about us possibly signing McCulloch?

pfft

rant over

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Do what ye have to do...your the man that knows how tae eh but yer goin aff topic :classier_than_pipeguy:

We are indeed. So; Buffel, do you wish to see him emerging next season?

Buffel can GTF as of last pre-season...heez an imposter without the 'T' I may add

Wee question; who of this current team DO you rate?

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how can you be consistant when you are sitting on the bench?

and as for this lightweight garbage, we have had MANY quality players in our time that have been built like buffel.

what is it people want? a team of battering rams? yet we are all moaning about us possibly signing McCulloch?

pfft

rant over

He wasn't always on the bench, he had a decent run of games.

I'm not saying we haven't had lightweight players before, or Buffel should be critisised for being so, but he is.

Just playing Devil's Advocate...

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how can you be consistant when you are sitting on the bench?

and as for this lightweight garbage, we have had MANY quality players in our time that have been built like buffel.

what is it people want? a team of battering rams? yet we are all moaning about us possibly signing McCulloch?

pfft

rant over

buffell is talented and could be our best player but he is lightweight and fall's out of games far to easily he is our most frustrating player because everyone know's his talent

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