PREVIEW: ST. MIRREN - RANGERS
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Maurice Edu will hope to overcome an ankle injury and see some time for Rangers on Wednesday versus St. Mirren in Scottish Premier League action at St. Mirren Park in Paisley.
Edu was forced to sit out Saturday's draw versus Hearts because of the injury he sustained in training last Friday.
Unlike the torn knee ligament that kept him out of action nearly seven months, this latest setback appears to be a minor one for the California native.
Compatriot DaMarcus Beasley had been aiming for a return against the Saints but the thigh strain that Beasley suffered nearly a month ago will keep him sidelined another week.
In addition to the American winger, striker Kris Boyd remains out following a hernia operation and defender Madjid Bougherra is still with the Algerian national team at the African Cup of Nations.
Fortunately for Rangers head coach Walter Smith, four players return to the fold for the Light Blues, most notably Portuguese midfielder Pedro Mendes who has been out for several months.
Also returning from injuries are Steven Naismith, Nacho Novo and Kenny Miller, the latter two being key components in the Rangers attack.
Wednesday's visitors now sit 10 points ahead of crosstown rivals Celtic for top spot in the SPL, however the Hoops have two games in hand.
Both St. Mirren and Rangers enter the affair will a slew of upcoming games, including eight matches in 24 days for the hosts who also are still alive in the Scottish League Cup and the Scottish Cup where Smith's squad will be their next opponent.
Unlike Rangers who have had zero player movement in the January transfer window, the Saints have bid adieu to two players informing Mo Camara and Dennis Wyness that they are welcome to find new clubs while Stephen McGinn recently inked a deal with English Championship club Watford.
Outside of these recent transactions, the hosts will be fielding a full squad and looking to build off of their current eighth place standing in the league table.