Crocked Hibs star Jordon Forster is facing an operation to pin the broken bone in his right foot which is threatening to put the big defender out of action for up to six weeks.
Forster suffered the freak injury in training ahead of the weekend victory over Livingston. He sat that game out alongside fellow stopper Liam Fontaine to leave head coach Alan Stubbs contemplating going into the second Edinburgh derby of the season on Sunday with just four fit defenders and only one of them, Paul Hanlon, a recognised centre-half.
But as Forster prepared for surgery on his broken metatarsal, Stubbs revealed his hope that Fontaine, who has been nursing a thigh problem, could be ready to take on Championship leaders Hearts, although that decision won’t be made for another few days.
Stubbs said: “It was just one of those things with Jordon, something really innocuous. He’s landed on his foot, something he’ll have done countless times both in training and in matches, but on this occasion, for whatever reason, the bone has snapped.
“I think Jordon will be getting a pin in his foot. The prognosis is he’ll be out for four to six weeks and while we are hopefulit will be closer to four, we have to be mindful it might possibly be a bit longer.
“It’s unfortunate and, as things stand at the moment, we only have one recognised centre-back fit. But I’m hoping Liam will be okay for this week. We’ll monitor him over the next two or three days and see how the injury comes on but it is a bit better news on that front.”
Meanwhile, Hull City boss Steve Bruce has conceded he won’t be able to recall on-loan goalkeeper Mark Oxley until the January transfer window. Bruce had intimated he’d be asking for Oxley’s immediate return after Steve Harper, deputising for injured Scotland keeper Allan McGregor, suffered an arm injury in the 2-2 draw with Arsenal. Bruce’s comments caused alarm among the Hibs support although Stubbs was confident no such move could be made between transfer windows, a view confirmed with the news the Tigers are now looking to bring in a goalkeeper on an emergency loan for Saturday’s trip to face Liverpool at Anfield.
Hibs’ Under-20 side will be looking to clock up a fourth successive win when they take on St Johnstone in the SPFL Development League at Ainslie Park tonight (kick-off 7.15pm).