Royal Antwerp have received a triple boost ahead of Thursday’s Europa League Round of 32 second leg against Rangers at Ibrox.

The Pro League club were missing a host of players due to injuries and suspensions for the first-leg in Belgium but they still gave the Gers an almighty scare at the Bosuilstadion.

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Rangers had to work hard for their win in Belgium. (Photo by Herman Dingler/BSR Agency/Getty Images)

Steven Gerrard’s side had to come from behind twice to triumph 4-3, with the result ensuring they are big favourites to progress to the Last 16.

The tie is far from over, though, and Antwerp boss Franky Vercauteren looks set to be able to name a much stronger side in Glasgow.

Firstly, controversial striker Didier Lamkel Zé, who has scored three times in his last four league outings, is back available following a suspension.

DR Congo international Dieumerci Mbokani – who has extensive Champions League and Europa League experience through spells with Standard Liege, Anderlecht and Dynamo Kyiv – is also back in contention following an injury absence.

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The 35-year-old made his first appearance in a month on Sunday evening, coming off the bench in a 0-0 draw with Sint-Truidense VV.

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Dieumerci Mbokani is back as part of a triple boost for Antwerp ahead of their second leg clash against Rangers. (Photo by Jeroen Meuwsen Fotografie/BSR Agency/Getty Images)

Finally, key defensive midfielder and captain, Faris Haroun, returned to the squad for that game following a groin strain and Vercauteren is reportedly hopeful that he will also be able to come in against the Gers [Glasgow Times].

Meanwhile, there are doubts surrounding the fitness of Iran international goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand, who was forced off with an injury in the first leg.

Given his shaky performance between the sticks, though, his potential absence may actually benefit the visitors.

Rangers are set to be understrength for the game, with Gerrard confirming a major double blow.

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