On-loan St. Mirren defender Lee Hodson has returned to Rangers for treatment after suffering a serious ankle injury that looks set to end his season.

Hodson joined the Buddies in the summer on a season-long loan but was hurt in the recent 4-0 defeat by Celtic.

Northern Ireland's defender Lee Hodson (L) attempts to block a cross from Germany's defender Marvin Plattenhardt during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification football match between Northern Ireland and Germany at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park in Belfast on October 5, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Paul FAITH

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Manager Oran Kearney has confirmed he’s back at Rangers for treatment and will be out for at least “eight to ten weeks.”

“Lee is back at Rangers now and won’t be available again for at least eight to ten weeks,” Kearney told the Scottish Sun.

“It was a bad one at the time and it was only the fact he had a strapping on his ankle that saved him from more damage.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 23: Patrick Roberts of Celtic attempts to get past Graham Dorrans of Rangers and Lee Hodson of Rangers during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on September 23, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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“He’s got away with it, all things considered, even though he’s still going to miss ten to 12 weeks.”

The Northern Irishman has made 20 appearances for the Buddies this season but faces a race against time to be fit for the end of the season.

With only 13 fixtures left, Hodson may be left on the sidelines as the Saints fight relegation from the top flight.

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 15: Lee Hodson (L) of Northern Ireland and Marcelo Brozovic (R) of Croatia during the international friendly fixture between Northern Ireland and Croatia at Windsor Park on November 15, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

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Hodson’s Rangers deal is up at the end of the season and could hamper his chances of signing a deal elsewhere before the season is up.

Losing the experienced defender will be a blow for the Buddies with Hodson filling in a variety of positions this season.

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