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Can Black Cats Ruin Harry''s Houdini Mission?
Published : 05 Mar 2013 19:01:40
The gap between Rangers and Premier League safety is still bigger and more daunting than last season, but that result on Saturday will offer the club a lifeline after many had already written them off.
Of course it’s not a simple as that, and as Rangers fans would quite readily testify this could be another false dawn.
That win will boost confidence ahead of the next ten games, but performances will still need to improve.
In a hasher reality Rangers were one Rob Green wonder save from another draw, and some Saints fan would even argue they did deserve something from the game.
After all QPR had just three shots on target on Saturday, to Southampton’s nine – only the R’s managed convert when it counted.
Harry Redknapp will know there’s still problems to solve in his Rangers side that one win won’t change.
Harry’s Houdini mission could go "arse over tit" if Martin O''Neill has his way at the weekend.
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Martin O'Neill says his skipper, Lee Cattermole, could require surgery to correct a long-term knee problem ... and the player's career could be on the line.
Cattermole met a surgeon in London last week and was told he had damaged a tendon in his knee which was restricting his movement.
It is hoped an injection will aid the healing process and enable Cattermole to return to first-team action before the end of the month.
However, if the procedure fails, the only other option is an operation which would rule him out for the remainder of the season.
Martin O'Neill: “He went down to see the specialist and he gave him an injection.
“He's hoping that will cure things in the next couple of weeks, but if it doesn't we might have to have another look at things.
"He has missed a lot of the season and we have had to learn to cope without him.
“It's really Lee's career we are talking about rather than a two or three-week period here that might satisfy us.
“In the long term, it's more important to get it right.
“The specialist down in London, who has a very good reputation, thinks that the last thing you want to do is talk about surgery and things like that when it might not even be needed.
"I think that's the way you would have approached things anyway.
"But if that's not the case and it doesn't improve over the next couple of weeks, well fine.”