Rangers dealt yet another injury blow as first-teamer pulls out of squad
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Rangers dealt yet another injury blow as first-teamer pulls out of squad

Rangers’ injury woes continue to deepen as Ibrox forward Fashion Sakala pulls out of the Zambia national team squad.

The pacey attacker, 25, hasn’t been seen since the disappointing 2-1 defeat to St Johnstone and missed the clashes with Hearts and St Mirren heading into the World Cup break.

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But despite being called up to the Zambia national team squad ahead of a friendly with Israel, Fashion Sakala will not be adding to his 19 caps and six goals with the nation after pulling out of the squad.

The situation was confirmed by Zambia team physio Dr Wesley Ngongo.

Rangers star Fashion Sakala pulls out of Zambia squad

“Basically all the players called into camp managed to report and are all in good health and ready to participate in the game against Israel,” said Dr Ngongo, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“However two players, Fashion Sakala and Frankie Musonda haven’t been able to report to camp.

“But after further consultations with medical staff from their respective clubs it was found that they are both injured as a result they will not be able to participate in the upcoming games.

“We have been in discussions with both the players and their medical staff and together it was decided that the best course of action was for them to complete their rehabilitation at their respective clubs.”

Rangers fans will be hoping the injury doesn’t keep Zambia star Fashion Sakala out for an extended period of time with the attacker one of a number of first-teamers currently injured.

An extensive Rangers injury list already includes Connor Goldson, Filip Helander, John Souttar, Ryan Jack, Glen Kamara, Ianis Hagi, Tom Lawrence and Kemar Roofe.

Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst is a man under mounting pressure amid the injury crisis with another of his Ibrox first-teamers pulling out of international duty as a result.