Jack Ross gives update on Hibs midfielder Josh Vela

Head coach reveals reasons behind player's absence

Tuesday, 7th January 2020, 3:09 pm
Josh Vela hasn't featured for Hibs since the 5-2 Betfred Cup semi-final loss to Celtic in early November

Hibs head coach Jack Ross has provided an update on midfielder Josh Vela, who hasn't made a first-team appearance since early November.

The summer signing has played 14 times since making the move north of the Border after more than a decade with Bolton Wanderers, but his last involvement in a matchday squad was during the 5-2 Betfred Cup semi-final defeat to Celtic at Hampden on November 2.

A regular under previous head coach Paul Heckingbottom, Vela wasn't named in the squad for Hibs' 4-1 win away to St Johnstone after Heckingbottom's departure, and has been omitted from every squad picked by his successor.

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Speaking to Hibs TV at the club's winter training camp in Estepona, Ross confirmed that the 26-year-old was nursing a thigh strain and didn't travel with the squad.

"Josh had a thigh strain and missed the last couple of games.

"It's not healing as quickly as we thought, so he's stayed behind to rehab at East Mains."