David Gray likely to win fitness race for Hibs’ season opener

David Gray picked up his shoulder injury in Hibs' 1-0 win over Brondby. Pic: SNS
David Gray picked up his shoulder injury in Hibs' 1-0 win over Brondby. Pic: SNS
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Neil Lennon has revealed his confidence in Hibs skipper David Gray being fit to face Falkirk as the Easter Road outfit begin their latest tilt at promotion from the Championship a week on Saturday.

There were genuine fears the 28-year-old hero of the Capital club’s historic Scottish Cup victory – it was Gray’s header almost bang on the final whistle which brought 114 years of hurt to an end – would miss the start of the season after he 
suffered a shoulder injury against Brondby.

Gray had left the Europa League second-round tie against the Copenhagen club hanging in the balance after cancelling out Kamil Wilczek’s winner from the first leg in Edinburgh when he was hauled down by the Danes’ Christian Nordgaard as he threatened to break free inside the opposition half.

Defensive midfielder 
Norgaard was booked for his challenge but Gray was left clutching his shoulder and was forced to quit the game minutes later, the initial fear being he had suffered a dislocation.

Gray missed the weekend friendly against Birmingham City and will be absent again when Hibs travel to face 
English League One side Shrewsbury Town on Sunday but, Lennon, believes he will be fit for the match at Falkirk.

The head coach said: “David took a bang on his shoulder from the way he landed and 
initially the fear was it could be a dislocation which would have seen him out for two or three months.

“But thankfully it proved to be a ‘grade one’, minimal 
damage which means a week to ten days. While he won’t be going to Shrewsbury this 
weekend, we expect him to be back training next week and hopefully being ready for Falkirk.”