Hibs boss Alan Stubbs today revealed he hopes David Gray will be fit to face Raith Rovers on Saturday after the right-back was forced off during the Capital club’s win over Alloa Athletic with a groin injury.
Stubbs revealed Gray had been nursing the problem for a couple of weeks, his admission that the player felt the need to come off raising fears the 26-year-old may be facing a spell on the sidelines.
However, the head coach has not ruled Gray out of playing at Stark’s Park, believing the injury can be “managed” and that the player himself would be desperate to play if there was any chance of him doing so.
He said: “We’ll let it settle down and see how he is but I’d be hopeful he’ll be in with a chance for Saturday.”
Gray was replaced by Callum Booth for the remaining 30 minutes against Alloa, a move which meant Lewis Stevenson was switched from left-back to the opposite flank, an option open to Stubbs for the trip to Kirkcaldy with no obvious deputy for Gray in the squad.
Stubbs, said: “We’ve played various systems so there are other things we can look to do.”
Hibs’ Championship match against Rangers at Ibrox has been switched to Friday, February 13, 7.45pm for BT Sport.