Hibs are set to be without Terry Butcher’s first-choice central-midfield pairing for this weekend’s clash with Ross County.
Scott Robertson faces an anxious wait to learn the extent of a knee injury sustained in last night’s Under-20s win over Hearts. The former Dundee United and Blackpool midfielder was included in James McDonaugh’s team last night in order to maintain match fitness after not playing a first-team game since the defeat against St Mirren three-and-a-half weeks ago. Suspension had ruled Robertson out of the league game against Celtic and he was left on the bench for the Scottish Cup defeat by Raith Rovers as the recalled Tom Taiwo retained his place.
However, his hopes of returning to the fray in Saturday’s home game against County appear to have been dashed after he crumpled in a heap moments after taking a bad whack to the knee in the second half of Hibs Under-20s’ 3-2 win over their city rivals in Livingston.
With captain and midfield partner Liam Craig already suspended for the visit of the Dingwall side, manager Butcher is now likely to be faced with a midfield headache.
“I heard a crack in my knee from the tackle, which is never a good thing, but I don’t know the extent of it at the moment,” Robertson told the Evening News. “I’ll hopefully get a proper assessment today and if a scan’s involved then that’ll show the extent of the damage, if there is any.
“I think the weekend’s going to be a bit optimistic but I’ll hopefully find out today what sort of timeframe I’m looking at. I can straighten my leg and bend it okay, so it seems to be more of a medial thing.
“At least I can walk and was able to drive home, so hopefully it’s not too bad and it settles down okay. The way it feels at the moment I’ll certainly be toiling for the weekend, but I’m just hoping it’s nothing serious.”
Taiwo looks likely to keep one of the central-midfield berths, but it remains to be seen who will fill the other if Robertson is sidelined. Out-of-favour pair Owain Tudur Jones and Kevin Thomson have both been nursing injuries of late, while Lewis Stevenson is likely to be required at left-back, with Ryan McGivern set to remain on the sidelines. Paul Cairney, who is available after suspension, and Sam Stanton are two players who could drop into a central role if required.