Jason Naismith sends message to Hibs fans after season-ending injury - hints at a return
Jason Naismith and Ryan Porteous took to social media with messages following injuries
Jason Naismith issued a message to Hibs and the club's supporters thanking them for his spell at Easter Road while and hinting he could yet return to Leith.
The right-back who was signed on loan from Peterborough United sustained a season-ending injury in the 2-2 Scottish Cup fourth round tie with Dundee United on Sunday.
Naismith suffered knee ligament damage in the second half of the match at Tannadice.
Replaced by club captain David Gray, the 25-year-old had made the right-back position his own with a raft of committed performances which had gained him a lot of praise from the Hibs support.
He took to Instagram to thank the club and the fans.
"Thanks everyone for their messages, Devastated to be missing rest of the season but that’s life. If it is my last game for Hibs what a pleasure it’s been playing for this club. Amazing club with amazing people, thank you. #GGTTH"
The use of the phrase "if it is my last game for Hibs" has left the door open for an Easter Road return.
Naismith is contracted at Peterborough until the end of June 2021.
Hibs sporting director Graeme Mathie paid tribute to the player's impact.
He said: "So disappointing to hear of Jason’s injury. He’s been a fantastic player and character @HibernianFC throughout his loan spell and has made a big impression at HTC. Thanks to @theposhofficial for their professionalism and support throughout."
Meanwhile, Ryan Porteous has assured Hibs fans he will be doing everything possible to get back on the pitch as quickly as he can.
Like Naismith, the centre-back suffered a significant injury in the second half of the match against Dundee United.
Porteous will undergo knee surgery but is hopeful of making it back for the second half of the campaign.