Rangers have received a boost after Steven Davis was spotted in Northern Ireland training following an injury scare [Northern Ireland Twitter].
The 35-year-old hobbled through the final stages of his country’s devastating Euro 2020 playoff final defeat to Slovakia on Thursday night, clutching the back of his leg on multiple occasions.
However, as hoped, it seems that he hadn’t damaged his hamstring and instead, was just cramping up after 120 minutes of action on a relatively heavy surface.
That’s because he was back in training on Saturday afternoon, as NI try to pick themselves up ahead of a Nations League fixture against Austria on Sunday night.
Speaking from the training ground, manager, Ian Baraclough, indirectly confirmed that Davis is available for the fixture in Vienna.
“We’ve got some tired legs, clearly, from the last couple of days,” he said [Northern Ireland Twitter]. “Jordan Thompson and Niall McGinn will miss out in Austria – they won’t be right.”
“Everyone else has reported fit but, as I say, we’ll just have to assess the tiredness and the fatigue and how fresh we go into the Austria game with the bodies. That’s why we have the squad. The players are ready to go again.”
— Northern Ireland (@NorthernIreland) November 14, 2020
Given his form so far this season, it’s a big boost for Steven Gerrard that Davis didn’t suffer any lasting damage against Slovakia.
The Gers boss rested the classy midfielder for the final club game prior to the international break and he’ll be hoping Baraclough returns the favour over the coming week by managing the player’s workload as NI travel to Austria before hosting Romania at Windsor Park.