MICHAEL NELSON looks set to be sidelined for a number of weeks amid fears that the Hibs defender suffered a serious facial injury in last Saturday’s clash against Celtic.
Although the Easter Road club have yet to confirm the extent of Nelson’s injury, X-rays are believed to have revealed that the player – whose eye was clearly bruised and swollen after the 1-1 draw – suffered a fractured eye socket.
The former Kilmarnock player, who has started every game for Hibs this term, posted a photograph of the injury on his Twitter account, in response to comments from Hoops manager Neil Lennon that Hibs’ tackling and physicality throughout the game had been “shocking”.
Nelson was clearly annoyed by that assessment and team-mate Rowan Vine also became embroiled in a war of words with Lennon on the social media site after some of his tackling was described as “rugby-esque” by the Parkhead boss.
Nelson tweeted a picture of his eye and added: “End of the day one player badly injured from a mistimed tackle/collision and it wasn’t a Celtic player.”
Nelson’s eye injury would likely mean that James McPake will return to Hibs’ starting line-up for this weekend’s home clash with Aberdeen.
The Easter Road skipper, who has started the last six matches on the bench following a back injury, had been told that he may have to bide his time in his bid for a return to the first XI. But, with Nelson now likely to be ruled out for a number of weeks, McPake could find himself back in the fray.