Crocked Hibs star Jordon Forster is in line to make his comeback playing for the Easter Road club’s Under-20 side against Hamilton later this week.
The 21-year-old defender has been out for the past two months, missing nine matches after breaking a metatarsal in his right foot, an injury which required an operation to pin the bone.
But the player has resumed full training, reporting himself as feeling “good and strong”, and believes head coach Alan Stubbs may want him to play a couple of games with the youngsters to bring him up to speed for a first team return.
Stubbs revealed today that’s exactly what he has in mind as he disclosed Forster could feature in Thursday’s match at Spartans’ Ainslie Park as Joe McBride’s side aim to extend a 12-match unbeaten run, which has propelled them into third place in the SPFL Development League and into the quarter-finals of the SFA Youth Cup.
He said: “We’ll have a discussion with the medical staff and Craig Flannigan [head of sports science and fitness] and see what we think is best for Jordon.
“It’s important to get some game time for him as soon as possible.
“Fitness work will only get him so far, it’s minutes on the pitch that will bring him back up to a level where he can become involved again.”
Hibs are also poised to receive another boost with Dylan McGeouch joining Stubbs’ squad for training at their East Mains base for the first time today since requiring an operation on the ankle injury which has sidelined him since the derby against Hearts at Easter Road at the end of October.
The Scotland Under-21 midfielder undertook his rehabilitation work with his parent club, Celtic, but is now ready to begin pushing for a first-team return with Hibs where he is on loan until the end of the season.
McGeouch had turned in a string of impressive performances – he was named man-of-the-match in that draw with Hearts – since making the move to Edinburgh and today Stubbs admitted he was delighted to be welcoming him back.
He said: “I’m looking forward to seeing him step up his rehabilitation. He’s been jogging and things are looking good at this moment.”
However, while anxious to see both Forster and McGeouch pulling on a green jersey again, particularly with a Christmas schedule which includes Rangers and Hearts, Stubbs insisted he won’t risk pushing either player into a return too early. He said: “It’s good to see people coming back, or getting a lot closer to it, but there’s no target dates. Time will tell.”