Hibs boss Alan Stubbs has revealed midfielder Dan Carmichael is set to put six months of injury hell behind him as he begins his recovery from an operation.
Carmichael has been plagued by a niggling groin problem since arriving at Easter Road on a free transfer from Queen of the South in the summer, starting just two games in a green-and-white shirt. He has made only six appearances in total, the last of those being at the beginning of October.
The 25-year-old had been hoping to avoid surgery but a number of alternative remedies failed to cure his problem and he was finally forced to go under the knife three weeks ago.
Today, head coach Stubbs hailed the operation a success, disclosing that Carmichael is already back running and, if everything goes to plan, he could be back in contention in around six weeks time.
Stubbs said: “Dan was never able to shake the problem off. It had been hampering him and he didn’t feel comfortable in his abdominal and groin areas. We’d been trying to avoid surgery. We didn’t really want to go down that route but we had explored different ways to combat the problem but they didn’t have the desired effect.
“It’s been a disappointing time for everyone – myself, the squad and Dan himself because he was one we wanted to get in which we did early in the summer. He had his operation three weeks ago and it will potentially be another six before he returns, but it will be good to get him back for the run-in.
“Dan is progressing as the days go by. He is out running and he is feeling much better.”