Hibs boss Alan Stubbs has revealed David Gray should be back in action against Dumbarton on Saturday after the defender missed his first game of the season as the Easter Road side were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw with Raith Rovers.
Gray felt his hamstring in the 3-1 win over Rangers at the beginning of last week, a game which marked the first goal of his career, and was taken off at half-time for fear he might suffer further damage.
But, although Gray made a rapid recovery, Stubbs erred on the side of caution and left him out for the visit of Raith. The head coach said: “It’s not a major concern. David was touch and go for the weekend but I’d hope he’ll be all right for next week.”
Gray’s absence saw left-footed Lewis Stevenson switch to the right wing-back role he had fulfilled during the second half at Ibrox with Callum Booth operating on the opposite flank, an arrangement which, Stubbs admitted, was not ideal although he made it clear he wasn’t being critical of Stevenson.
He said: “Lewis did fine, but he is more comfortable on the left, that’s obvious for anyone to see, but he didn’t do anything wrong.”
Stubbs was disappointed with his side’s performance, former Hearts striker Christian Nade cancelling out Scott Robertson’s first-half goal in a match from which the Capital club had hoped to extract the maximum three points to build on their win over Rangers.
Instead, they now find themselves trailing Championship leaders Hearts by 12 points, making beating former Hibs skipper Ian Murray’s Dumbarton imperative if they are not to lose any further ground to their city rivals.
Stubbs said: “I think anything other than three points was going to be disappointing after the result against Rangers but overall I feel we didn’t do enough in the game.
“I just thought it was going to be a game that was going to be 1-0 and we had to see the game through. I didn’t think we were fluid enough.
“We had bits and pieces of decent play but not enough to create chance upon chance. They all did okay, but we didn’t have enough eight out of tens.
“We had sixes and sevens, but not enough eights. When you want to win games you need to have a couple of eights and maybe a nine.”
While Hibs have lost just once at home this season, Stubbs admitted: “We want to win all our games at Easter Road, and we’d like to have taken three points from a game like this one.”
Raith boss Grant Murray, though, reckoned his team could have gone on to win the match and while a little disappointed they didn’t do so, he admitted he was happy enough with a point.
He said: “We knew it was going to be difficult. You can come to places like this and two things happen when you go behind: the team can crumble, or they can stick together and put in a performance like we did.”