Villarreal handed triple-injury boost ahead of Rangers visit
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Villarreal handed triple-injury boost ahead of Rangers visit

Villarreal’s triple-injury boost ahead of their trip to Glasgow is fantastic news for the Spaniards.

The Scottish Sun are reporting that Rangers’ Europa League foes look set to have main goalscorer Carlos Bacca available for the crunch match. In addition to that, they could also have long-term injury victims Bruno Soriano and Javi Fuego back also.

Bacca is the man who will jump out to Rangers supporters. The Colombian forward netted the opening goal in Rangers’ 2-2 draw at El Madrigal back in September. That result provided a platform for Rangers to have a competitive campaign, with the club now eyeing progress to the last-32.

Colombian goalscorer Carlos Bacca is back for the trip to Ibrox (Maria Jose Segovia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Villarreal manager Javier Calleja, however, has revealed his side have been given a boost of their own.

“Carlos is back in full training and is in the squad for the match against Real Betis. With Soriano and Fuego, they are both now in full training and it’s a case of monitoring them closely, but they could be available very soon indeed.”

Two unlikely to start

Despite the fact that Soriano is the captain, both he and Fuego would be unlikely to start the match at Ibrox. Soriano has been out for 18 months, and it will take a while until he’s up to match-fitness.

Fuego, meanwhile, signed for Villarreal back in January. He hasn’t featured at all this season due to requiring surgery on his right knee back in August.

Captain Bruno Soriano is back in training after 18 months out (Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)

Bacca, however, looks all set to start at Ibrox. The forward bagged 18 goals for the Yellow Submarine last season, and was such a threat in Spain. But for Allan McGregor and some profligate finishing, the striker could’ve had a hat-trick.

This could be a good test for Connor Goldson to take on at Ibrox. The striker is such a wily character, and Rangers’ number one defender has to be on his game if Rangers are to get the right result.

A win at Ibrox next Thursday night would mean Rangers will have one foot in the next stage. Such is the tightness of the group, however, no side can guarantee qualification until the final day.

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