Leigh Griffiths ready to return for Hibs despite missing Scotland duty

Leigh Griffiths: Ready for action. Picture: Ian Georgeson
Leigh Griffiths: Ready for action. Picture: Ian Georgeson
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LEIGH GRIFFITHS is ready to lead the line for Hibs as they return to SPL action against Kilmarnock on Saturday despite being forced to pull out of the Scotland Under-21 squad earlier this week.

Griffiths returned after ten months out of Billy Stark’s plans to score as the young Scots coasted to a 3-0 win over Luxembourg as they kept their hopes of a European Championship play-off place alive ahead of their final qualifying match against Austria.

But just hours before the squad was due to begin their journey, the 22-year-old was struck down by a migraine and was left behnd as his team-mates departed for a match which they lost 3-2.

Griffiths’ call-off raised immediate fears as to his availability for the visit of Killie as Hibs bid to extend the unbeaten four-match run which has taken them to third place in the league table. However, the Edinburgh club’s leading scorer has returned to training to allay boss Pat Fenlon’s worries, the Irishman, while voicing his satisfaction at seeing Hibs players receive international recognition, having also expressed his concern that those involved return fit and healthy given he’s working with a smaller squad this season.

Scotland Under-21 skipper Paul Hanlon and midfielder David Wotherspoon returned from that Austrian trip unscathed while on-loan

Manchester City defender Ryan McGivern was set to join his new team-mates for the first time today having been involved in Northern Ireland’s opening World Cup qualifying campaign against Russia and Luxembourg.

Honduran internationalist Jorge Claros will report back uninjured having played his part in his country’s back-to-back victories over Cuba as they kept their hopes of a place in the World Cup finals in Brazil alive.