DESPITE being set to miss Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final with Celtic, Lee Wallace is remaining positive as he battles back to full fitness.
The Light Blues captain had surgery on a hernia problem a fortnight ago, and attended a two-week check-up on his progress today.
Club Doctor Paul Jackson and physiotherapist Steve Walker have both been happy with the 29 year-old’s progress, but he expressed his frustration at missing many more games than he would have liked this season through injury.
Speaking exclusively to RangersTV.tv, he explained: “It’s been positive, and I have taken great belief from both Steve and the Doc when they have assessed me.
“They are happy with the progress I have made in terms of the wound and the muscles around that area. I am feeling really positive so I’ll just keep working day by day, keep working hard and keep moving forward in a positive note.
“I have been a bit disappointed I have had to sit out a few games this year through injury. Previously it was my hamstring, and now this time, I felt it was one of these things that needed to be sorted.
“So we went to see the surgeon quite quickly after the Motherwell game and he could have done it right there and then. Obviously, we had to consult with the manager and doctor back here first, and we did it the next day.
“I’m glad it has been done, it has been a problem for me, probably as far back as the Scotland v Canada game, unfortunately for me at their goal, but fortunately enough for Airdy [Fraser Aird], and as I’ve slipped it’s probably went.
“It’s one of those unfortunate things. I ‘m glad now I have got the procedure down, and hopefully it is going to help me feel a bit better physically and keep moving forward positively.”
Wallace has had a number of niggles this season, with the aforementioned hamstring issue causing him to miss the busy festive period.
He hopes however, one positive of this spell on the sidelines will be him being able to once and for all recover from any other areas of concern.
He continued: “Hopefully I can ease up elsewhere too, but I’m not going to get carried away and set targets as to when I’ll be back, I’ll just keep working hard with Steve and listen to them and when the time comes, I’ll be ready to push on.
“Everybody is going to react differently, so it’s all about how the individual’s body will handle it, I don’t want to set unrealistic targets and then fail to meet them – I just have to work day by day with Steve and the rest of the physios and see where it takes me.”
Naturally, the captain is devastated at missing Sunday’s semi-final, but he has vowed to continue to work hard and come back better than ever.
He concluded: “It’s a huge disappointment. I never like missing any game never mind the main games of the season, and with it being the semi-final of the Scottish Cup, we all know the power involved in that gamer, and the memories of a year past and the last semi-final.
“Everybody knew the importance of that game, and the record we have when we play Celtic in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup.
“We want to hold that up, and carry on the momentum we have gained since the manager has come in. Of course, it’s disappointing but it’s important for me that I get this right, I get my rest and I come back stronger.”