Hibs duo set for a return to training

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Hibs stars Scott Robertson and Paul Heffernan were expected to resume pre-season training today after missing the Easter Road outfit’s first warm-up match through injury.

The pair sat out the 4-0 victory over Lowland League side Vale of Leithen, midfielder Robertson troubled by a back problem while striker Heffernan was hit by a thigh strain.

However, head coach Alan Stubbs insisted their absence was more precautionary than anything else, saying: “Scott had woken up during the week with a bit of a stiff back while Paul just felt his thigh a bit. They should be back in training today, possibly tomorrow.”

Robertson and Heffernan’s fitness will be monitored as Hibs build up to their second pre-season match against Berwick Rangers at Shielfield on Saturday when among their opponents could be former Easter Road midfielder David Gold, the 21-year-old having signed a deal with the League Two side having been one of the many released by the Capital club.

Meanwhile, Stubbs declared himself satisfied with his side’s performance in Innerleithen. The former Bolton, Celtic, Everton and Sunderland defender took the opportunity to field a total of 23 players including trialists, former Wigan defender Adam Buxton and ex-Liverpool midfielder Nathan Burke.

Stubbs said: “Our aim and objective for the game was to work on our fitness. We wanted everybody to get 45 minutes and if we got the correct performance with the right attitude then, more often than not, everything falls into place.

“We had two different teams and I thought we moved the ball well and, with a little bit more care in the final third, we could have scored more goals. There is plenty still to work on, but hopefully the supporters that went to the game will be encouraged by what they’ve seen.

“This was the first step in our pre-season friendly programme and now we’ll work towards producing an improved performance at Berwick.”

Buxton and Burke each played a half against Vale, Stubbs assessing their displays as “okay”, adding: “They did what was asked of them.”