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Rangers attacker Tom Lawrence will not be playing the full 90 minutes against Livingston on Sunday, 12 November, according to Dr Rajpal Brar.
The injury expert believes that given the lengthy lay-off the Welshman had, it is going to take a run of games to regain his match sharpness.
The 29-year-old was out for over two months this season and missed almost the entirety of last season so he’s still not fully ready to play 90 minutes.
Discussing his situation exclusively with Ibrox News, Brar, a doctor in physical therapy and a sports scientist, said:
“It sounds like he had a muscular injury or abrasion – they thought it was a cramp at first but turned out to be something overt on imaging.
“His training will have transitioned from individual work on the grass to team training.
“He’s not ready for 90 minutes at a stretch yet and it’s difficult to say when because we don’t have much information on the injury specifics and it really all comes down to how he responds to training.
“With an extended absence, it typically takes longer to rebuild that fitness.”
Lawrence had to undergo a lengthy rehabilitation procedure on his knee after injuring it just weeks into his career at Ibrox.
This season, his setback was not too serious but still saw him miss nearly 10 weeks and he’s now looking to get back to normal.
He played 13 minutes against Hearts and five against Sparta Prague just to get his fitness levels up as quickly as possible.