Kevin Thomson eyes return to Hibs first team

Kevin Thomson trains with Sam Stanton. Pic: Ian Rutherford
Kevin Thomson trains with Sam Stanton. Pic: Ian Rutherford
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Kevin Thomson today stressed his determination to force his way back into boss Terry Butcher’s plans after making his comeback from a calf injury.

The midfield star played the full 90 minutes as Hibs’ Under-20 side drew 1-1 with Dundee United, a second-half strike from Abdellah Zoubir cancelling out Aiden Connolly’s opener for the Arabs only for Ryan Baptie to squander the chance to clinch a winner for the Capital club by missing from the penalty spot with only two minutes remaining.

And now 29-year-old Thomson is eyeing a first-team return having not featured in the Scottish Premiership since making an appearance as a substitute in the no-scoring draw with St Johnstone on December 21.

Thomson’s absence sparked speculation that his second spell with the club would come to an end during the January transfer window but he’s hoping his performance at Airdrie’s Excelsior Stadium yesterday afternoon will help convince Butcher he is on his way back to full fitness.

He said: “I was just happy to play – I love playing football. The only disappointment was that we didn’t manage to win. I almost scored near the end and while we had a lot of pressure in the second half we couldn’t get that winning goal with Ryan unfortunately missing a penalty.

“It has been a frustrating time, but I have been working has hard as I can to get back. I want to show the manager that I’m fit and I want to get back into the squad.”

Meanwhile, Butcher today revealed on-loan Sunderland winger Duncan Watmore is “champing at the bit” to play in Friday night’s League clash with Dundee United as he continues to recover from the foot injury sustained on his debut against Raith Rovers.

The 19-year-old has missed matches against Ross County and Kilmarnock having returned to the Stadium of Light to allow Sunderland’s medical team to assess the problem which has ben diagnosed as bone bruising.

Watmore has now returned to rejoin Butcher’s squad, the Hibs boss saying: “Duncan is making progress. Sunderland’s physio wanted to have a look at him so he went down there. We’ll have to wait and see but he is desperate to play, champing at the bit, and has said he could be a sub on Friday.”

Lewis Stevenson, who limped off during the weekend draw with Kilmarnock, is expected to be fit.