Hibs boss Alan Stubbs today revealed that midfielder Scott Robertson has an outside chance of facing Dumbarton on Saturday despite having broken his left hand.
Robertson was forced to miss the no-scoring draw with Queen of the South on medical advice having suffered the injury during the previous week’s victory over Cowdenbeath at Central Park.
However, there is the possibility he could play this weekend wearing a “soft cast” to protect his hand, although any decision will be left until later in the week and will again be based on medical opinion.
Stubbs said: “It was another of those innocuous things. There was no contact. Scott just landed on his hand and unfortunately a bone broke. The specialist wanted the swelling to go down first and the feeling was that the Queen of the South game would come too soon for him.
“We didn’t want to risk him falling on it again or being in contact which might make it a lot worse and result in an operation, which we obviously wanted to avoid. We’ll see how this week goes, whether he can do a bit more higher intensity training to see if there’s any reaction. As things stand it’s more likely he will miss the game, but if things go okay then there is an outside chance he might be able to have a soft cast on it.”
Robertson was one of six first-team regulars missing as Hibs clocked up a fourth successive home draw. Farid El Alagui, Jordon Forster and Dylan McGeouch are all recovering from surgery; the striker out for six months having ruptured his Achilles tendon, the defender sidelined for six weeks with a broken foot and the midfielder needing a month to get over an ankle operation. Goalkeeper Mark Oxley was also absent having failed to recover from the back injury sustained in Fife, while joint top scorer Dominique Malonga is away on international duty with Congo.
While not seeking to make excuses for an uninspiring performance against the Doonhamers, Stubbs said: “Over the last couple of weeks we’ve had quite a few of our big players missing. It’s an opportunity for others to come in. Sometimes when you make a lot of changes it can affect the fluency of the team and that may have been a reason why we lacked a bit of sharpness.
“Unfortunately the injuries we seem to be picking up aren’t of the seven-to-ten-day variety. They are more like four weeks, or three to six months. We’ve been on the receiving end of more severe ones, but we don’t want to harp on about it, just to get on with it.”