Hibs boss Alan Stubbs today revealed he hopes to have both Paul Hanlon and Liam Henderson back in his squad at Morton tomorrow week as the Easter Road outfit seek to extend their unbeaten 15-match run.
Central defender Hanlon has missed the Edinburgh club’s last two games with a hamstring problem while midfielder Henderson sat out the trip to Alloa having been hit by a mystery virus. Now, though, Hanlon is expected to rejoin his team-mates in Monday’s training session while on-loan Celtic kid Henderson is showing signs of improvement having been “wiped out” by his illness and, depending on how he progresses, would hope to join in during the week.
The 19-year-old underwent a series of blood tests in an attempt to identify the exact cause of the problem but head coach Stubbs said: “Liam had caught a viral infection and he took a turn for the worse. But he is showing signs of improvement, which is good. We were always hopeful that was going to be the case. He’s feeling better but he’s still not 100 per cent. We’ll have to take it day by day and gradually ease him back in. Come Monday, it will be the best part of 12 or 13 days. It’s had an effect on his immune system and to throw him right back in could be detrimental.”
Stubbs, however, insisted everything was “fine” with Hanlon, revealing the 25-year-old has been working on his fitness at East Mains while his team-mates have enjoyed a well-earned break. He said: “Paul had a tight hamstring and we decided to rest him as a precaution, something we were able to do with the strength in depth we have. Paul never has too many days off. He’s been coming in this week to keep up on his fitness, doing his strength and conditioning and he’ll join the group next week as normal. If everything goes as hoped, he’ll be available for the Saturday.”