Injury worse than first thought as Ibrox man misses international
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Rangers defender Gareth McAuley's injury keeps him out of N.I game

Gareth McAuley has been plagued by injuries since he signed for Rangers.
When he arrived, he was carrying a calf problem, and several other niggles have cropped up since.
Despite seemingly recovering from those setback’s in time for the mid-season training camp in Tenerife, he’s found it difficult to break back into the team.

It’s been a frustrating 2019 for McAuley so far. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It seems he doesn’t even need to be out on the park for misfortune to strike, though.
At the beginning of March, Steven Gerrard announced the veteran had picked up a ‘hamstring issue’ during a training match.
It ruled him out of the SPL clash with Hibernian. However, the severity of the problem was unclear.

Last night, though, it became apparent that the centre-back is dealing with more than just a niggle.

The ex-Premier League player looked a shrewd signing on a free, but has made just seven SPL appearances. (Photo by Johann Schwarz/SEPA.Media /Getty Images)

He wasn’t involved in Northern Ireland’s matchday squad to take on Estonia.
The 6ft 5′ man is an international veteran and a shoo-in for Michael O’Neill when fully fit.

He could still feature in his country’s second Euro 2020 Qualifier against Belarus on Sunday.
Yet, if he wasn’t even fit enough for the bench last night, that looks decidedly unlikely.

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