Injury blow in defence for Hibs boss

Alan Stubbs. Picture: Greg Macvean
Alan Stubbs. Picture: Greg Macvean
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Hibs head coach Alan Stubbs may be forced into making changes in defence for this Saturday’s trip to Livingston after it was revealed that centre-half Liam Fontaine is struggling to be fit for the match with a thigh injury.

Fontaine, who arrived at Easter Road at the end of August and has featured in Hibs’ recent four-match unbeaten run, hobbled off on the hour mark in last weekend’s 0-0 draw with Dumbarton and was replaced by Matty Kennedy.

Stubbs said: “It looks like he’s got a slight strain in his thigh muscle. We’ll evaluate it and see how it is.

“Hopefully it’s nothing too serious, but he’s probably looking like a doubt for the game at Livingston at least.”

Fontaine’s injury may give Stubbs an added complication with his formation, as he only has three senior centre-backs to play in the 3-5-2 system he has adopted since the League Cup win over Ross County last month. Fontaine has struck up a good rapport with Jordon Forster and Paul Hanlon in the three-man defence and Stubbs will be reluctant to tinker with a back-line that kept its first league clean sheet of the season on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Hibs Under-20s are away at Kilmarnock this afternoon in the SPFL Development League. Kick-off at Rugby Park s 2pm.