Deegan and Robertson back for Hibs

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MIDFIELD duo Gary Deegan and Scott Robertson are both in contention to return to the Hibs squad for Saturday’s SPL visit of St Mirren.

Deegan has missed the last two games after sustaining a foot injury in the pre-split defeat to Celtic, while Robertson sat out Monday’s draw with Aberdeen after sustaining a knock in the Scottish Cup semi-final win over Falkirk.

Manager Pat Fenlon told the Evening News: “Gary took a whack on his instep and it was badly bruised and swollen, so he hadn’t trained for a while, and Robbo took a knock in the semi-final. Both of them were back in training on Tuesday, though, so we’re hopeful they’ll be available for Saturday.”

Another midfielder who was consigned to a seat in the stand on Monday night was the out-of-sorts Paul Cairney, and Fenlon has challenged the former Partick Thistle player to rediscover his impressive early-season form in order to earn a recall to the side.

“Paul needs to get back to the levels he was at the start of the season,” said the manager. “He knows that he needs to work hard at his game and, in fairness to him, his training’s improved over the last couple of weeks. He needs to keep doing that.”

Meanwhile, Fenlon declined the opportunity to respond to the outspoken attack on his side from Dundee manager John Brown. The Dens Park manager labelled Hibs’ display against Aberdeen on Monday “woeful” and effectively accused the Easter Road side of downing tools in the SPL ahead of next month’s Scottish Cup final. Fenlon, however, was in no mood to become embroiled in a war of words. “I don’t want to say anything whatsoever about it,” he said.