RANGERS are set to face an under-strength Sparta Prague on Europa League business this week.
Manager Pavel Vrba could be tasked with putting a team together to face the Premiership champions without as many as EIGHT first-team players.
And one of those will be key striker Lukas Julis, the man who grabbed FIVE goals in two games against Neil Lennon’s Celtic side last season.
Julis has played a grand total of 112 minutes for his club this season – and his return date from a groin injury remains unknown.
That is good news, considering he bagged a total of SIX goals in the Europa League groups last time around.
The Czech side left Denmark with a goalless draw on Matchday One against Brondby and Vrba doesn’t have his problems to seek.
Among those also dealing with injuries are Czech internationals in the form of skipper Borek Dockal and midfielder Ladislav Krejci.
Danish left back Casper Hojer is out with a calf problem while young midfielder Adam Karabec has been out with a muscle strain.
Vrba could also be without midfielder Filip Soucek, who picked up a knock in the 5-2 win against Zlin at the weekend.
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Vrba told iSport: “His leg got swollen (following the tackle). He will go for a professional examination in the coming days.”
Steven Gerrard’s side are desperate to get up and running in Group A after going down to Lyonon their opening match day.
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