Hibs players have been offered booster jags after goalkeeper Tomas Cerny became the second Easter Road star to be struck down by mumps in the space of just weeks.
Teenage midfielder Sam Stanton was ruled out of action last month after contracting the illness and Cerny has now missed Hibs’ last three matches after also being afflicted.
However, head coach Alan Stubbs today insisted that although it was unusual to have two players hit by the same illness in such a short space of time, there was no connection between the cases. Stanton was ordered to stay away from the club’s East Mains training base last month after being diagnosed with mumps and it was the same with Cerny although the former Hamilton No.1 has now returned to training and played in last night’s Development Squad match against Celtic.
Stubbs said: “We saw the symptoms quite quickly and kept him away from the building. He’s fine now, he has been for a few days but the doctor advised he should stay away a wee bit longer as a precaution.
“But there’s no connection between Sam having had the illness and Tomas catching it – they are both completely separate cases. The information we’ve been getting from the NHS in Scotland is that there’s been an outbreak in Edinburgh and in Glasgow with quite a heavy increase in cases.
“The players have all been offered booster jabs, as we have been advised by the health board, to protect them even more and quite a few of them have taken that up.”
Stubbs, however, is confident there’s no danger to the rest of his players, believing there’s been no further incidents given the close proximity and length of time they spend in each other’s company shows that Stanton and Cerny are isolated cases, the coach adding: “Hopefully, that’s the end of it.”
Meanwhile, 17-year-old Hibs midfielder Scott Martin has been called into the Scotland Under-19 squad for the elite round of the European Championship which sees them play host nation Austria tomorrow, Italy on Sunday and Croatia on Tuesday.