Alejandro Faurlin will begin his rehabilitation in six to eight weeks after undergoing surgery.

The injury-plagued midfielder went under the knife on Monday to repair an anterior cruciate ligament problem sustained in Rangers’ Capital One Cup exit to Burton Albion.

Dr Peter Florida, head of medical services, told “Ale has had his ACL reconstructed, using a different graft. He also had a very little reinforcement, which is a slightly different operation to the one he had previously.

“The surgeon was very pleased with how things went which is positive. Ale is still in hospital, but he's in better spirits now than he was a week or so ago, so we're all grateful for that.

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“The rehab will be quite an extensive one, because it's a repair of a repair, so we're looking at about nine months to get him back to fitness.

“His rehab will be fairly slow for the first couple of months, which will be quite frustrating for Ale.

“He's going to be on crutches for about six to eight weeks, because of the nature of the repair. After that period, he'll then start to kick on with his recovery.”

This latest setback is Faurlin’s third ACL injury in as many season.