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MARK Warburton has confirmed that loanee Sam McCallum will be out for ‘several weeks’ and is set to undergo surgery on his hamstring injury.

However, the R’s boss could welcome back Chris Willock into Rangers’ starting line-up for Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship encounter at Blackpool (kick-off 5.30pm).

Speaking ahead of the live Sky Sports encounter at Bloomfield Road, Warburton – whose side returned to winning ways in midweek with a 1-0 success at Cardiff City – said: “Sam will be out for a very lengthy period – several weeks, potentially until the New Year.

“He will have surgery this coming weekend.

“He’ll remain with us. Speaking to Norwich, they’re perfectly happy with his rehab and the treatment he’s receiving down here.

“We’ll see where Chris is today. He had a personal issue to deal with – but we’ll see how he is.

“It’s not right to give private information away, but when young guys have things to deal with, their health and welfare is the first thing on your mind.

“You have to see how each individual player is and we’ll see how he is. I spoke to him twice yesterday and I’ll speak to him again today. We’ll go from there.”

Wednesday’s win at the Cardiff City Stadium hauled the R’s back into the Championship’s top six.

On Saturday evening, Rangers will do battle with a Blackpool side who have also started the campaign in positive fashion – sitting just a point outside the play-offs – following promotion from League One under manager Neil Critchley.

“It was a good response from the players in midweek,” Warburton continued. “Cardiff posed a real physical test but we were really pleased to collect the three points in the end.

“Now we go again at Blackpool.

“They’ve had a very good start to the season. Neil Critchley has done really well there in terms of the promotion. Teams who come up always pose you problems because they know how to win.

“They have togetherness, unity and a tremendous work ethic. They press hard and are very good at what they do. There is no doubt that this will be a very tough challenge – even though it’s one we’re looking forward to.

“They have a loud, vocal crowd – it’s a difficult place to go to and we have to meet the challenge.”