Hibs boss Alan Stubbs today revealed Martin Boyle’s Easter Road career may not be over despite the on-loan Dundee wideman having suffered a serious knee injury.
Boyle tore his medial ligament in a challenge with Falkirk’s Tom Taiwo in the final game of the regular season, the 3-0 win in which the 22-year-old had scored the opening goal as his team clinched second place in the Championship table.
Initially, the injury wasn’t thought to be too serious but a more thorough examination showed the full extent, a diagnosis which Boyle said had left him “devastated.”
Stubbs admitted the injury – which required an operation on Wednesday – couldn’t have come at a worse time for Boyle, who is out of contract at Dens Park at the end of the season.
However, the Hibees head coach admitted he was interested in making Boyle’s stay in Edinburgh more permanent.
Speaking at the club’s Spanish base in La Manga as Hibs prepare for the first of their play-off matches next Wednesday, Stubbs said: “It was very unfortunate. Martin was just coming into a good vein of form and had scored in our last two matches.
“He was a real threat so it was a big blow for us but a bigger blow for him. He’s out of contract at the end of the season, has required an operation so it isn’t great for him.
“We wanted him to be part of this [the play-offs] but more importantly we hope the operation’s gone really well for him and he is back sooner rather than later.
“I think we won’t see him back training until towards the end of pre-season and perhaps even into the first month of the season.
“But we’ll see. We’ll be speaking to Martin, we will see what his thoughts are and his contractural situation because we would obviously be interested.”