Hibs coach keen to get Henri Anier ‘up to speed’

Henri Anier hadn't featured at all for Dundee United this season before joining Hibs on loan
Henri Anier hadn't featured at all for Dundee United this season before joining Hibs on loan
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Hibs boss Alan Stubbs has revealed he plans to get new signing Henri Anier “up to speed” as quickly as possible after the striker reported for duty earlier than expected.

The 24-year-old had been called up for Estonia’s European Championship qualifying double-header against Lithuania and Slovenia but was released from the squad, allowing him to join his new team-mates at East Mains as they prepare for Saturday’s Championship clash with Alloa Athletic.

Stubbs is hoping to get the on-loan Dundee United forward, pictured, involved with his first team as quickly as possible but pointed out the player hadn’t featured at all this season for the Tannadice club before his transfer deadline day move to Easter Road.

Stubbs said: “In terms of minutes played, he hasn’t done an awful lot so over the next week or two we’ll be looking to get some playing time into him to get him to where we feel the rest of the group is.”

Whether Anier forms part of Stubbs’ squad for the weekend – when surprise signing Islam Feruz is expected to make his debut – remains to be seen but today the head coach admitted midfielder Fraser Fyvie will be missing for the second match in succession. Fyvie picked up a hamstring injury during the League Cup win over Stranraer a fortnight ago, limping off to be replaced by Dan Carmichael, who also picked up a knock in the half-hour he was on the pitch. Both were forced to sit out the league win over Raith Rovers but, although Hibs were idle last weekend – their game against Falkirk postponed with Jason Cummings. John McGinn and Scott Martin away on international duty – Fyvie has still to shake off the problem.

While Carmichael is expected to be fit to face Alloa, Stubbs said of Fyvie: “We didn’t think too much of it at the time but, as it’s a hamstring injury, we need to take care of him and make sure he’s right when he comes back.”