Barry Ferguson is likely to miss Rangers’ next two games at the very least, but it remains unclear whether he will play again this season.
The deposed captain suffered a calf injury less than two minutes into yesterday’s reserve draw with Hearts at Stirling Albion’s Forthbank Stadium and was forced to leave the field.
It was the midfielder’s first outing since he and goalkeeper Allan McGregor returned from the two-week suspensions imposed upon them for flicking V-signs at photographers days after indulging in a drinking session while on Scotland duty.
Their antics also saw them banned for life from representing their country.
McGregor was also playing yesterday when Ferguson appeared to hurt himself as he went to make a block tackle on Jambos’ winger David Templeton.
He left the ground with strapping around the injury and reserve-team coach Tommy Wilson anticipates he will definitely miss Saturday’s Homecoming Scottish Cup semi-final against St Mirren and the following weekend’s Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Hearts.
Wilson told the Light Blues’ official website, www.rangers.co.uk: “Barry just felt his calf pop.
“He was really up for the game so I was really disappointed when he had to come off.
“He was desperate to get back to action and has played for me a couple of times in the reserves this season when he was coming back from his ankle injury.
“The doctor has examined him and strapped him up and I think he may have torn a couple of fibres in his calf muscle.
“However long that keeps him out for I’m not sure, but I wouldn’t imagine he’ll be fit for this weekend or the week after.”