Lafferty blow for Gers

Groin injury curtails striker's availability

Lafferty: Being sent home so that groin injury can be assessed by specialist

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Rangers manager Ally McCoist has confirmed that striker Kyle Lafferty will miss the start of the new SPL season with a groin injury.

McCoist has revealed on Saturday that the Northern Ireland will be returning home in order to ascertain the exact nature of the problem.

Rangers expect him to miss a "number of weeks" and McCoist is particularly disappointed he will now be out of action as he finished last term in fine form.

Disturbing

"It was a little bit disturbing last night when we learned that Kyle has a problem with his groin," he told the club's official website.

"The doctors and the physios had a look at him and decided it was a niggle that wasn't going to clear up over here.

"So we have decided to send Kyle home tomorrow and he is down to see a specialist on Tuesday to try to get to the bottom of the problem.

Concern

"We will know better when we get back from Germany but it is a little concerning.

"It's a big disappointment for him and it's a big disappointment for us because he and Nikica (Jelavic) finished the season so well and we were hopeful they would start the season in fine form.

"However, that does not look like the case with Kyle having this niggle."