Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill has suggested that Rangers midfielder Steven Davis is still some way away from returning from injury.

The Ibrox Hall of Famer, 38, hasn’t been seen since mid-December last year following a devastating cruciate ligament injury which has threatened to end the legendary Ulsterman’s career.

But you would certainly do better than writing the talismanic midfielder off, and Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill clearly still has Steven Davis in his thoughts despite the injury.

O’Neill was speaking ahead of the upcoming international break in September, where the country will play away clashes Slovenia and Kazakhstan in European Championship Qualifying.

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The NI boss also revealed that alongside Rangers legend Steven Davis, the Ulstermen will also be missing Cory Evans and Stuart Dallas for the double-header.

“Steven and Stuart will not be involved in the games in September, they are still not at that fitness level,” O’Neill said.

“Corry Evans will not be involved either and you will have one or two other injuries you will find out about next week when I name the squad.”

Rangers legend Steven Davis working on injury return

Rangers legend Steven Davis was initially set to come to the end of his contract at Ibrox in the summer but after the injury the club have retained the midfielder through his rehab.

Over two spells at Ibrox, Davo has cemented himself into Rangers folklore and the midfielder is one of the club’s biggest modern day legends.

Inducted into the Ibrox Hall of Fame last season alongside Allan McGregor and James Tavernier, letting such a devastating injury force the curtain down the former Rangers captain’s Ibrox career almost certainly doesn’t sit right.

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That’s why his time in Glasgow isn’t over just yet.

Whilst Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill is clear that Steven Davis is unlikely to return from injury any time soon, it’s clear the Rangers midfielder remains in his plans.

With the midfielder working away quietly in the background, we’re sure the British record holding 140-cap midfielder will be doing everything he can to return for both Rangers and his country too.

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