Hemmings facing lengthy absence

Striker not expected to return from knee injury until 2013

Kane Hemmings: The striker has suffered his third serious knee injury and is extremely frustrated

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Rangers have suffered another blow following the news that striker Kane Hemmings is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

The 21-year-old picked up his third serious knee injury at the start of July while training at Murray Park and could be out until the end of the year.

His absence is certain to hit boss Ally McCoist's plans as Rangers prepare for life in division three of the Scottish Football League.

In a statement on the club's official website, Hemmings said: "It's really frustrating to have had to go through another operation and it's annoying that I'm going to be out for so long again.

"I felt good going into pre-season but then the problem flared up in the first couple of days and the surgeon said I needed surgery again.

"It's up to me now to make sure I work hard in my rehabilitation and get back to the level of fitness I would like to be at.

"I still feel I can get there, even after all the problems I've experienced, and I'm grateful to the club for giving me such welcome support throughout my injury problems."