Hibs striker Farid El Alagui has hit the comeback trail, scoring in a closed-doors game against Dundee.
The Easter Road club had been due to play the Premiership side in an SPFL Development League fixture at Spartans Ainslie Park, but when it was called off arrangements were hastily put in place for a “bounce” game at East Mains.
El Alagui, who missed most of last season after rupturing his achilles tendon and has spent recent weeks recovering from surgery to remove a pin inserted during his initial operation to aid the healing process, featured for 90 minutes against the Tayside outfit, as did fellow striker Jamie Insall.
Now boss Alan Stubbs plans to continue their return to full fitness, having already pencilled them in for next Tuesday’s development match away to Ross County in Dingwall.
Stubbs told the Evening News: “Both Farid and Jamie played 60 minutes, so from that point of view it was a good exercise. Now it’s a case of keeping progressing, getting more minutes into them. It’s a step-by-step process, but both will be involved next week.
“They’ll also be training, of course, then after next Tuesday’s game there’s the international break and we’ll see after that whether they are any closer to getting involved with the first team.”
By the time Hibs face Dumbarton at Easter Road on Saturday, October 17, Stubbs is also hoping Fraser Fyvie, James Keatings, Jordon Forster and Islam Feruz will all be back in contention. He expects Forster and Feruz to resume training with his squad tomorrow, with Fyvie and Keatings doing so by the end of next week while adding: “We’ve been without them for a few weeks so we won’t be rushing them back.”
Stubbs’ immediate focus, though, is on Saturday’s trip to Dumfries to face Queen of the South, pointing out that while the draw with St Mirren at the weekend was disappointing, it should not be allowed to overshadow the fact that his side are currently on a good run of results.
He said: “I thought the players’ effort against St Mirren was great, to come from behind shows the real strong bond between the squad.
“A year ago it might have been different, but at home we always want and expect the three points. It might not always be the case, but we have to set as high standards as possible.”