TEENAGE winger Alex Harris has been backed to return stronger than ever from his injury lay-off when he eventually makes his Hibs first-team comeback.
The 19-year-old, who established himself as a first-team regular at the end of last season, suffered a shattering blow in early August when he broke a bone in his ankle in the Scottish Premiership opener against Motherwell. He is in contention for a return to action in early January, with manager Terry Butcher mooting the New Year derby as a possibility for Harris.
While the injury has disrupted the youngster’s impressive progress, James McDonaugh, Hibs’ Head of Academy Coaching, has no doubt that Harris has the resilience to get back on track after seeing how he dealt with the death of his father last year.
“The injury has been a big blow for Alex and for the club,” said McDonaugh, who nurtured Harris through the ranks.
“He brings something different as a player and he lit the club up when he broke into the first team last season. I know Terry Butcher’s desperate to see him play and get him back involved.
“From what I’ve seen from that boy, coming in to become a full-time footballer just after his dad had passed away, he’s strong enough to handle anything. He’s got real strength of character and hopefully it’s just a case of him getting his match fitness and his confidence back up and then he can pick up where he left off. He’s a quick player who gets bums off seats so I’m sure all the Hibs fans are looking forward to having him back.”