El Alagui aiming to make impact in Hibs run-in

Farid El Alagui has been in action for Hibs' Development Squad. Pic: Scott Louden

Farid El Alagui has been in action for Hibs' Development Squad. Pic: Scott Louden

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FIRED-UP Farid El Alagui intends to make a significant impact for Hibs in the closing two months of the season as he insisted there’s no chance of him taking it easy following a seven-month absence with a ruptured Achilles tendon.

With top scorer Jason Cummings battling to overcome a knee problem, El Alagui has a chance of returning to the squad for today’s Championship trip to Raith Rovers.

As opposed to feeling his way gently back to fitness, the 30-year-old striker is adamant that all his focus is on having a positive influence on Hibs’ prospects of winning promotion and the Scottish Cup.

“I hope from now to the end of the season I will be sharp,” he said. “We will see how long it takes for me to get back to my best – I will tell you when it happens. But I hope I will be really fit when I get back into the team, that’s why I have been working so hard with the physios and the fitness coaches. We are making sure I do everything right to be as sharp as I can.”

Hibs are in a battle with Rangers for second place in the Championship, while they also have a Scottish Cup semi-final against Falkirk – El Alagui’s old club – three weeks today.

The striker, who bagged four goals before suffering his injury in a 2-1 defeat at Alloa Athletic last August, is confident he can play his part in helping ensure a successful end to the campaign for his club.

“Big games are coming along, the semi-finals of the cup and the play-offs as well,” he said. “I think I am coming back at the right time for the team. It’s good to have everyone fit and hopefully no-one will get injured between now and the end of the season. We need everyone to be fully fit.”