Martyn Waghorn gives injury recovery update, outlines target for rest of season

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The Rangers striker has not played since 16 February after injuring his knee.

Rangers striker Martyn Waghorn has told the club's official website that he will definitely return from his knee injury before the end of the season, and confirmed that his recovery is ahead of schedule.

The 26-year-old has been the main star of the show at Ibrox this season and remains the club's top goalscorer by some distance with 28 goals in 34 appearances in all competitions.

However, he has not played a single minute of football in six weeks since injuring his knee ligaments in a Scottish Cup clash with Kilmarnock on 16 February.

There were initially fears that Waghorn could miss the entire remainder of the season with the problem, but after avoiding surgery the timeline should be a matter of weeks rather than months.

The striker confirmed that he is ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation, and admits that he is targeting a return to action before the Scottish Cup semi-final against Celtic in mid-April.

He told the club's website: "The last six or so weeks have been tough, playing Dundee in the cup game and then knowing we have Celtic coming up – hopefully I can get fit and in contention for that. If everything goes well then there is a chance I could be involved against Celtic but that is just if everything goes spot on.

"I have to be 100% ready – I want to push myself but I don’t want to push myself too far in case we get further on in the competition or [I] rule myself out of the latter stages of the season. So I’ll push myself but I have to be cautious too.

"I’m a little bit ahead of schedule. It is going well but I don’t want to say it is going great until I can go outside because I haven’t tested it as much, we’ll know more in the next week to 10 days about whether I am ready to come back. You will definitely see me in a Rangers shirt before the end of the season; I want to be back by then."

Waghorn admitted on Tuesday that it has been "horrible" for him to have to sit and watch from the stands as his teammates carry Rangers closer to the Scottish Championship title and progress in the cup.

As long as he does not suffer a setback in his recovery, it sounds as though he may not have to continue doing that for too much longer.

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