Hibs get Murray boost as skipper back in training

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Hibs received a welcome boost today as skipper Ian Murray returned to training after being sidelined for almost three weeks with a groin injury.

The 30-year-old, who had been partnering Sean O’Hanlon in central defence, picked up the injury as Celtic sent Hibs crashing out of the Scottish Communities League Cup.

Murray required a scan and injection but was forced to sit out the scoreless draw with Celtic a few days later and then the 1-0 defeat by Dunfermline which signalled the end of Colin Calderwood’s reign as Hibs manager.

With the weekend having been given over to international action, Murray enjoyed a few extra days of rest and treatment but is now ready to rejoin his team-mates in training.

However, Brown said: “We’ll be keeping an eye on Ian over the next couple of days to see how he is doing. The sort of injury he’s had is one we have to be careful about and make sure we don’t rush him too quickly.

“But Ian is an experienced professional, he knows his body better than anyone so he’ll be able to give us a good guide as to how he is doing.”

Although managerless, the hunt for Calderwood’s successor today entered a second week – Hibs have been credited with an interest in Richie Ryan, captain of Irish outfit Sligo Rovers.

The Easter Road club were said to have been represented at the FAI Ford Cup final against Shelbourne in Dublin’s Aviva Stadium, Sligo retaining the trophy on penalties.

However, Dundee United and English Championship side Peterborough are also believed to be eyeing the 26-year-old.

Meanwhile, Hibs Under-19 coach James McDonaugh has warned his young side not to get carried away after their extra-time win over Hearts in the Scottish Youth Cup.

While Ross Caldwell, scorer of both goals in their 2-1 triumph over the SPL Under-19 League leaders, claimed he and his team-mates can go all the way to a Hampden final, McDonaugh cautioned: “It was a great result for us, but we have to keep our feet on the ground.

“The boys are a level-headed bunch and I’m sure they’ll be fine.”