Hibs’ bid to haul themselves clear of the threat of being dragged into the battle to avoid the Scottish Premiership’s play-off spot is set to be given another boost with the return of midfield star Scott Robertson.
Manager Terry Butcher’s options have already been bolstered by Welsh internationalist Owain Tudur Jones, out since early January with a hamstring injury, making his comeback in the Under-20 side, his appearances against Rangers and Partick Thistle putting him in contention for a place in the squad for Monday night’s clash with Aberdeen. The visit of the Dons is Hibs’ last match before the split, and with no game the following weekend, as the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup take place at Ibrox, Robertson could be back for the final five games of the season as Hibs seek to protect the six-point cushion which currently separates them from second-bottom place.
Robertson, below, has been out since the mid-January defeat by St Mirren, a one-match suspension forcing him to sit out the following game against Celtic before he was an unused substitute in the shock cup loss to Raith Rovers, Hibs having been idle on the intervening weekend as Inverness took on Hearts in the semi-final of the League Cup at Easter Road.
Ironically, it was a bid to help the 28-year-old top up his match fitness following that three-week break which saw him sustain medial ligament damage as he featured in Hibs’ 3-2 win over Capital rivals Hearts in an SPFL Under-20 match at Livingston, the former Dundee, Dundee United and Blackpool ace suffering a “grade two” tear.
However, the Evening News understands twice-capped Robertson’s rehabilitation programme has gone to plan, with the player having resumed light training with the plan being for him to step up his work-rate next week with his team-mates.
And providing there are no setbacks, full-blooded training sessions would follow with the hope Robertson will be vying for a place in the squad as the Capital club begin their final push.