Hibs to assess injured duo ahead of Aberdeen trip
Hibs will give Josh Doig and Ewan Henderson until the last possible moment to prove their fitness ahead of the weekend’s trip to Aberdeen.
The pair were forced off during the Scottish Cup quarter-final victory over Motherwell on Sunday; Doig in the first half following Bevis Mugabi’s red-card challenge and Henderson early in the second period at Fir Park.
With Shaun Maloney’s injury concerns easing ever so slightly – Joe Newell returned to action in North Lanarkshire, playing for the first time since early February while club captain Paul Hanlon is back in training – there are options if neither youngster is fit enough for the must-win game against Jim Goodwin’s side.
Goalkeeper Matt Macey will also be assessed before Saturday’s match after the 27-year-old, in the latter stages of the cup win, appeared to suffer a recurrence of the injury that kept him out of the goalless draws against Dundee and St Johnstone, with Ryan Porteous taking on goal-kick duties.
Back-up ‘keeper Kevin Dabrowski will step back in once again if Macey isn’t fit to face Aberdeen.
Midfielder Jake Doyle-Hayes, who missed the ‘Well clash after he was unable to shake off a knock, will also hope to feature against the Dons.
A number of players remain sidelined for longer periods of time. Kyle Magennis, Paul McGinn, and Demi Mitchell are all still unavailable while Kevin Nisbet will be out for six to nine months after undergoing surgery on an ACL injury.
Maloney remains hopeful that January signing Harry Clarke can be involved sooner rather than later.