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Friday, 15 January 2010 16:42

Rangers’ fit-again Pedro Mendes raring to go

Midfielder to make comeback

Portuguese international Pedro Mendes is back in full training and ready to return to action with Scottish club Rangers, after three months out with a knee injury.

Mendes has not played since October, when he was forced off at half time during the Gers’ defeat to Unirea Urziceni in the Champions League. A partial tear in the ligaments of his left knee meant that the former Porto man missed out on Portugal’s World Cup qualifiers with Bosnia, having forced his way into the side in previous matches with the Seleccao.

Now, after a tough rehabilitation period, the 30-year-old started training without any limitations on Friday, and is keen to get back to playing football. “It’s been a difficult period, but now I just want to carry on being useful to my club and, if possible, the national team,” Mendes said. “I want to get back to my best and start playing as soon as possible, though I must be careful.”

The midfielder also took the opportunity to play down talk of leaving Glasgow during the transfer window, following strong links with Sporting. “My club is Glasgow Rangers and that is what I am behind. And in football, I know only one way for a player to defend the club he represents: to train well and play better. This is the respect all footballers should show, for themselves and their club.”

Related article: Mendes: “Sporting are a great team”

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