Rangers manager Steven Gerrard thinks that full-back Jon Flanagan should be back in action in “about 10 days” after undergoing hernia surgery for a second time this season.

The left-back went under the knife over the summer to repair a problem on his right side before a flare-up on the other side forced him to go in for surgery again.

WARSAW, POLAND - AUGUST 22: Jon Flanagan of Rangers FC in action during the UEFA Europa League Play Off First Leg match between Legia Warsaw and Rangers FC on August 22, 2019 in Warsaw, Poland.

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Gerrard admits that the former Liverpool defender isn’t “far away” form a return as Rangers enter a hectic run of fixtures over the coming weeks.

“Jon previously had a hernia op on the right side, which we got him back from,” Gerrard told the Daily Record.

“We checked the other side and it was all fine but then it flared up a touch.

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“So during the international break, he went in and had the other side done. He’s not far away – probably about 10 days.”

With Flanagan competing with Borna Barisic for the jersey at left-back, the Croatian has a chance to cement his place with Flanagan out injured.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 12: Jon Flanagan of Rangers chats with Scott Brown of Celtic in the penalty box during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on May 12, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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It looks as though he’ll definitely miss today’s clash with Livingston, Feyenoord in the Europa League and St. Johnstone away next weekend.

Whether the Scottish League Cup quarter-final a few days later comes too soon for him remains to be seen but, hopefully, he’s back quickly to push Barisic.

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