Hibs are sweating on the results of blood tests as they try to pinpoint the mystery virus which has “wiped out” midfielder Liam Henderson, boss Alan Stubbs revealed today.
The 19-year-old was a surprise absentee as the Hibees clocked up an eighth successive Championship victory, this time against basement outfit Alloa Athletic, Jason Cummings’ 14th goal of the season taking them level at the top of the table with Rangers.
But Stubbs has disclosed that the on-loan Celtic player had been laid low by a viral infection.
He said: “We have taken a lot of blood tests, trying to whittle our way through exactly what it is.
“We’ve ruled out one thing, but he has a viral infection which has wiped him out a little bit. Liam’s a bit rundown but there are a few possibilities of what it could be to get to the bottom of it.
“I think he is just has a little bit of an iron deficiency, but it has wiped him out.”
Meanwhile, Stubbs admitted Hibs narrow win over Alloa was made all the sweeter as learned Rangers had been held to a draw at Livingston but insisted: “All it does is bring us on the same points, nothing more than that.”
Again Stubbs was delighted with the resilience shown by his players as they ground out yet another win. He said: “We knew it was going to be a difficult game, but the most important thing is that we won 1-0.
“You look at teams who are looking to win leagues and they have to go away, they have to roll their sleeves up and they have to win games by sometimes a scruffy 1-0, by sometimes a comfortable 4-0.
“You have to be able to be adaptable to each game, because they are all very different on their own merits – this was one of them.
“We just needed to get one of those moments and take it. We probably had two or three real good chances and a couple of other half chances that we did not take but as soon as Jason took that ball from John McGinn in his stride I had the ultimate confidence there was only going to be one outcome.”