MARK Warburton is hoping he can welcome Martyn Waghorn back from injury before the end of the season. 

The manager confirmed the 25-year-old visited a specialist in London on Friday to further assess the damage to his left knee.

Waghorn limped off in the second minute of Rangers Scottish Cup win over Kilmarnock, seconds after converting a penalty that he had won.

The Gers boss said:  “He has had a scan and thankfully no surgery is required. It is some damage to the knee and he is seeing a specialist down in London today to get a more detailed report.

“He has gone down with the doctor and we will see how he is after that.

“Obviously we would like to welcome Martyn back before the end of the season and if this was October or November I could give you more detail in terms of a return date.”

“Right now we are nearly in March, the season is drawing to a close quickly and you say “season ending injury” and it sound very dramatic but the fact is we are only 12 games away from the end of the season.

“Hopefully he comes back before the end of the season, that would be an ideal scenario but there is a possibility he won’t. It all depends on how he reacts to his rehab.”

The striker picked up the knee injury under a hefty challenge on Rugby Park’s artificial playing surface – something Warburton is certain contributed.

Warburton said: “There is no doubt in our mind from a coaching perspective and a medical perspective that his injury wouldn’t have been of this nature had it not been for the pitch.

“Martyn Waghorn left that pitch with lacerations and bruising to his knee. When we use the term unforgiving we mean in terms of the hard aspect of the pitch.

“Had that been on grass he wouldn’t have had the same level of injury and that is just a simple fact which is backed up by our very proficient medical team.”

“He didn’t aggravate it by taking the penalty, he realised something was wrong when he struck it.

“He is a striker and he hadn’t scored for four games, the fans were signing his name to take it but the minute he took it he knew the knee wasn’t right.”

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