York City striker Michael Rankine is to be made available for a loan move after returning to light training this week.

Rankine, 32, has not played or trained since mid-September when a high-blood pressure problem was diagnosed.

But the ex-Altrincham and Aldershot attacker has been given the green light to resume work by doctors, with City chief Martin Gray keen to get him on-pitch time at another National League North club, so he can return to Bootham Crescent ready to challenge for a first-team place in 2018.

“It’s good to have him back because he’s a lively, larger-than-life character,” Gray said of Rankine’s return to the Minstermen’s Wigginton Road training base. “Now, in the next week or two hopefully, he can go out on loan and get some games and, rather than reserve fixtures, it would be better if he can play for another team at this level.

“Then, come Christmas time or the New Year, he will come back and have a chance here.”

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