Hibs have promised Michael Liddle they won’t abandon him after the defender suffered a serious knee injury while playing for the club’s development squad.
The former Accrington Stanly player turned out as a trialist as Hibs youngsters drew 3-3 with Falkirk earlier in the week, but was forced out of the action 14 minutes from time have sustained what is believed to be medial ligament damage – which could require surgery.
A similar injury ruled Hibs winger Martin Boyle out for four months, the former Dundee player only making his return as a substitute against Dumbarton last weekend after being hurt in the final Championship match at the beginning of May, coincidentally also against the Bairns.
As such, the 25-year-old Liddle’s hopes of winning a contract at Easter Road appear to have gone, but head coach Alan Stubbs insisted Hibs will do all they can to help the former Ireland Under-21 player.
Like any trialist, Liddle, who began his career at Sunderland before loan spells with Carlisle United, Leyton Orient and Gateshead, would have been required to sign a “disclaimer” protecting Hibs against such a situation arising.
Stubbs said: “He sustained a nasty injury in the game, which is potentially going to require surgery. We have sent him for a scan and we’re just going to see what the results are before we know what the next procedure is going to be. However, it does look like his medial ligament, but to what extend we don’t really know.
“So there probably won’t be anything there [in terms of a contract], but obviously we have got a bit of a heart and we’ll help him the best we can to come through that.”