Ryan Lowe has delivered an update on the status of Zak Rudden to the Plymouth Herald.

The 19-year-old striker is on loan at Lowe’s Plymouth Argyle in EFL League Two but wasn’t in the squad for Saturday’s defeat at Cheltenham.

It has emerged that was due to a knee problem which has seen him temporarily return to Glasgow.

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Rudden is yet to make a competitive appearance for the first team but did score at Ibrox in a 2018 friendly. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Rangers loanee Rudden returns for treatment

“I had to pull him out of training because he was limping,” Lowe told the Plymouth Herald. “I said ‘Are you okay?’ and he went ‘I’m okay, I will get through it’, but you won’t.”

“Then, we sent him up the road (to Rangers) and we have spoken to their doctors and physios. They have assessed him and he will be back in the building Monday for training. He’s champing at the bit.

 

“We will build Zak up again and he will be alright.”

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Rudden in action against Northampton Town. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

Verdict

Rudden enjoyed a strong first campaign in senior football at Falkirk across 2018/19, but injuries have got in the way somewhat since then.

He missed the bulk of pre-season due to a knee problem and it seems he’s either aggravated that same issue or picked up something new since moving down south.

He’s made seven appearances so far, and while Lowe has ruled him out of Saturday’s trip to Mansfield, he’ll be hoping to get back on the pitch soon and to open his goalscoring account.

The youngster’s return may be more of a gradual process this time around, though, with Lowe hinting he should have waited longer before throwing him into the mix first time around, given his relative lack of match fitness.

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