Operation rules out Tommy Wright from Hibs match

St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright. Picture: SNS
St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright. Picture: SNS
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St JOHNSTONE boss Tommy Wright will miss Saturday’s crunch clash with Hibs after being admitted to hospital as he faces surgery today.

The 50-year-old Northern Irishman fell ill on Monday and has spent the last two nights in Perth Royal Infirmary undergoing extensive tests, having suffered severe stomach pains. He will now have a gall bladder operation.

Saints football administrator Paul Smith said: “Tommy was taken to hospital on Tuesday suffering from stomach pains and was detained overnight for observation. He will undergo surgery and the medical staff have been continuing to monitor him. Obviously everyone at the club wishes him well and a speedy recovery.”

In Wright’s absence, assistant manager Callum Davidson and Alex Cleland will take charge of the McDiarmid Park outfit for the arrival of Hibs, knowing victory will secure their place in the top six for a third successive season.

The Perth club are currently four points ahead of Hibs, but have the advantage of a game in hand with the pressure very much on Terry Butcher’s side to win all three of their remaining matches, with a trip to Tynecastle and a visit from Scottish League Cup winners Aberdeen to come.