Ex-Cosmos Midfielder Niko Kranjcar Out For Rangers With Knee Injury

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by JAKE NUTTING

Former New York Cosmos midfielder Niko Kranjcar suffered a knee injury in training this week that could put him on ice for the majority of the Rangers’ season in the Scottish Premiership.

The Croatian international will definitely miss out on the club’s Scottish League Cup semi-final against Celtic this Sunday, but his time on the sideline could last much longer if the knee injury involves ligament damage. The club is waiting on the  swelling of his knee to go down before conducting its evaluation.

Kranjcar’s injury comes just as the 32-year-old was gaining a foothold in the club’s lineup. He fought to gain fitness after joining Rangers during the summer and looked to have finally done so until this week’s setback. Kranjcar has tallied three goals and three assists through 15 appearances for the club. Rangers have gotten the most out of Kranjcar in the Scottish League Cup, where the midfielder has recorded two of his goals and all of his assists.

An untimely injury also sidelined Kranjcar during his short stint with the Cosmos back in the Spring Season. After making six straight starts and recording one goal and one assist, Kranjcar’s spring campaign was cut short by an unfortunate groin injury.