Jordon Forster is to be sent for a scan to assess the full extent of the hamstring injury he suffered when becoming the latest Hibs player to join an ever-increasing casualty list with the new Championship season only 11 days away.
The defender, who spent a large spell of last season sidelined by a broken foot and then an appendix operation, was forced off only minutes into the second half of the Easter Road club’s 6-2 Petrofac Training Cup defeat by Rangers.
But today head coach Alan Stubbs expressed the hope that 21-year-old Forster will only be out for a couple of weeks. He said: “Jordon has been in to get treatment, but he’ll be going for a scan,
“Hopefully it’s nothing too serious, maybe a couple of weeks, but the scan will determine the extent of the injury.”
Forster was the second Hibs player to limp out of the action at the weekend, striker Dominique Malonga’s place taken by teenager Lewis Allan after only 25 minutes but, according to Stubbs, it was more a precautionary move than anything else.
He explained: “Dom had a knock just above his knee. He felt it on Thursday, but trained on Friday. However, it felt uncomfortable and he has probably done the sensible thing in coming off as soon as he felt it. It is nothing serious.”
Stubbs admitted picking up another two injuries at a time when new signings James Keatings and Dan Carmichael are recovering from hamstring and groin problems respectively, while Farid El Alagui and Martin Boyle are recuperating from knee surgery, wasn’t ideal, but he insisted: “We won’t and will not use it as an excuse.
“It’s the last thing you want to happen, but it’s part and parcel of football and you just have to get on with it.”
Meanwhile, Danny Handling’s operation to repair anterior cruciate ligament he tore during the pre-season friendly against Berwick Rangers was declared a success by Stubbs, although the midfielder still faces a minimum of six months out of action.
Stubbs said: “We have spoken to the surgeon who was pleased, very happy with the outcome. He had to do a little bit more work than the scan showed but not anything to cause alarm. He was in there, did what he had to do and was very happy with it.
“It’s still going to be six months or thereabouts, but the good news for Danny is that it was a pretty straightforward procedure, not complicated as it sometimes can be. The surgeon is good – that’s why we use him – and now Danny can look forward rather than back.”