Rangers midfielder Bongani Zungu could return from injury against Benfica on Thursday night, according to Steven Gerrard [BT Sport].
The 28-year-old joined the club on loan from Amiens on deadline day and impressed on debut during the 8-0 hammering of Hamilton prior to the recent international break.
He quickly jetted off to South Africa for Africa Cup of Nations fixtures against São Tomé e Príncipe and he helped his country to two narrow wins.
However, he picked up a knee problem in the second game which saw him miss Sunday’s 4-0 win over Aberdeen.
The exact nature of the issue still wasn’t known at the weekend but Gerrard is hopeful that Zungu will be fit for the Europa League fixture against Benfica.
“He has got a knock on his knee that we are assessing and checking out at the moment,” he said [BT Sport]. “We don’t think it is big so you could see him on Thursday, hopefully.”
“But don’t be surprised if he takes a little bit longer. But it is not a big problem, it is only days rather than weeks or months.”
It’s encouraging news for Rangers fans that Zungu is close to a return.
There was already healthy competition for places in midfield prior to his arrival with players like Glen Kamara and Scott Arfield in excellent form for several months now.
But the South African showed real quality on the ball in his 45-minute outing against Hamilton he could play an important role between now and the end of the season.