Pedro Caixinha has told Rangers' official website that Bruno Alves will continue to be assessed before a decision is made on whether he will be available for Rangers' clash with Hamilton on Friday, but added that there is a good chance that Declan John may be back for the trip to New Douglas Park.
Both Alves and John limped off during the latter stages of the 90 minutes during the Gers' cup clash with Partick Thistle last week, and neither was fit in time to face Celtic in the first Old Firm game of the campaign.
And while Caixinha, who was speaking yesterday, was unable to say for certain whether Alves will have recovered from his calf strain in time to face Accies, he seemingly confirmed that it is a possibility, and added that he is much more optimistic about the full-back's chances of coming back into the side.
“He (Bruno) is already back with us and he is going to be tested today and we will know today or maybe tomorrow if he is going to be an option to play on Friday," he told the club's official website.
“Declan John I think also needs a couple of days more so we need to assess him today and we will keep assessing him but I think there is a good possibility of to have him back on Friday,” he went on to add.
It would certainly hand Rangers a much-needed boost if they managed to select both Alves and the Cardiff loanee on Friday night as the Light Blues will be looking to bounce back from a defeat in the first Old Firm game of the season.
The first goal at Ibrox was certainly a defensive error as the Gers failed to clear their lines, while there is surely an argument to suggest that Leigh Griffiths' clever run for the second goal would not have gone unnoticed for as long as it did had someone of Alves' experience and quality been playing and marking the Celtic forward.
And with Rangers already eight points adrift of the Scottish Premiership summit, having two players like Alves and John back could be important as they look to keep things tight at the back to give themselves the best chance of getting back to winning ways.