Injured Andrew Little hopes to resume loan at Port Vale

Andrew Little in action for Rangers
Little is back at Rangers after injury curtailed his spell at Port Vale

Andrew Little hopes to return to Port Vale before the end of his loan spell in January despite returning to Rangers for treatment on a knee injury.

The versatile 22-year-old was hurt during Saturday's 4-0 home defeat by Morecambe in League Two.

"I still have nine and a half weeks left of the loan deal, so I am hoping there is a chance that I can go back down," Little told Rangers' website.

"I was enjoying it there because I was getting some game time."

Little, who made his Rangers debut as a substitute in a Scottish Cup win over St Mirren in April 2009, has made seven appearances for Vale.

Indications from Vale Park were that Little, who played as a striker or right-back for Rangers but has operated in midfield while in England, is unlikely to play again before the end of his loan term.

"It's just typical of my luck, but I just hope that it's not serious," said the Northern Ireland international whose career has been dogged by injury.

"I will see what Stevie Walker, the physio, says today.

"I was looking to win the ball in the air for a flick-on when I realised I wasn't going to get there and I checked out and turned.

"As I did that, one of my team-mates fell right on top of me and his full weight landed on my left knee.

"I could feel right away that something was wrong and I came off immediately."

Ahead of Little being assessed by Rangers' medical team at their Murray Park training ground, Vale manager Micky Adams hinted that he was not expecting the player back at his club as a result of the knee ligament damage.

"Little is out and will be out for the foreseeable future," he said.