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Thursday, February 19, 2009
Beasley escapes serious injury after vicious tackle

Rangers' medical staff today branded Forfar full-back Elliot Smith's challenge on DaMarcus Beasley as a potential leg breaker.

U.S. midfielder Beasley escaped serious injury in last night's Homecoming Scottish Cup win at Station Park after a shin-high challenge that forced him from the field and saw Smith shown a straight red card.

Beasley will miss Saturday's Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Kilmarnock but should be fit for the following weekend's trip to Hamilton.

Rangers said on their official website, "Beasley has been very lucky. He was caught on the shin by an horrendous challenge from Forfar full-back Elliot Smith, who was immediately sent off.

"However, the Murray Park staff reckon the fact that his foot was off the ground when he was hit saved him from a broken leg.''

The club also revealed Lee McCulloch could miss next month's Co-operative Insurance Cup final after suffering a calf injury last night.

McCulloch, who has only recently forced his way back into Walter Smith's first-team plans as a holding midfielder, will be out for a minimum of two weeks but could be missing for up to four.

That would rule him out of the March 15 Old Firm showdown at Hampden.

Rangers' medical team are hoping the problem is a strain rather than a tear and say they will know more by the weekend.

Full-back Kirk Broadfoot is likely to miss the Killie game with a foot injury but, like Beasley, will be fit for Hamilton.

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