Hibs defender Liam Fontaine is set to boost his comeback bid by returning to full training on Monday.
The 30-year-old Englishman hasn’t featured since the victory over Dunfermline five weeks ago after sustaining a calf problem. However, Fontaine has now recovered from his injury and will step up his search for full fitness at East Mains in the coming days. He could feature in the development league match against Rangers on Tuesday.
“I expect to see him on the grass on Monday,” said head coach Neil Lennon. “He will also need some football in him and play some games before he is up to speed, but he is not a million miles away.”
Fontaine, who will compete with Darren McGregor, Paul Hanlon and Jordon Forster for a centre-back berth, had started four matches in succession prior to his injury.
Meanwhile, the situation surrounding trialist Neal Eardley is set to become clearer over the weekend. Lennon has been impressed with the 27-year-old Welsh right-back, who has been training at East Mains in recent weeks and also featured in two development team matches. The manager is keen to recruit a right-sided defender to provide cover for captain David Gray, with Eardley, formerly of Oldham, Blackpool and Birmingham City, now appearing to be the prime candidate after interest in Tom Hateley and Filip Modelski came to nothing. Lennon intends to make a final call on Eardley imminently.