Key Hibs midfielder has broken hand

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Scott Robertson has been added to the growing casualty list at Hibs after the midfielder broke his left hand.

The 29-year-old, right, missed the Easter Road outfit’s uninspiring no-scoring draw against Queen of the South on Saturday after suffering the injury during Hibs’ away win over Cowdenbeath the week before.

Although head coach Alan Stubbs has expressed hope that the former Dundee, Dundee United and Blackpool player “might be okay” for this weekend’s trip to Dumbarton, it is clear there is a serious concern that Hibs could be without almost half a team of what would be regarded as first picks this coming weekend.

Stubbs already has Farid El Alagui (Achilles tendon), Jordon Forster (broken foot) and Dylan McGeouch (ankle) recovering from surgery, while goalkeeper Mark Oxley sat out the weekend action having failed to shake off the back problem which forced him to quit the game at Central Park at half-time, leaving 19-year-old Kleton Perntreou to make his first start against Queens.

Joint top scorer Dominique Malonga was also absent on Saturday, the striker having reported for international duty with Congo as their hopes of qualifying for the finals of the African Cup of Nations dimmed by a 2-0 defeat at home to Nigeria.

Malonga didn’t even make the bench in Pointe-Noire, but will travel on to Khartoum as Congo face Sudan on Wednesday, which means the Paris-born player won’t be back in Edinburgh until some time on Thursday when Stubbs will have to assess if he’s ready to play for Hibs.

Stubbs, though, refused to use the absence of six first team players as an excuse for a below-par performance, having watched Hibs dominate the game while creating just one clear-cut chance.

He said: “When you have as much possession as we had you have to look to make things happen, but I thought one or two were waiting for someone else to do something, then they’d join in.

“I’m not going to use missing players as an excuse, although I think it is evident you will miss players of that quality – but even without them we had enough on the pitch to win the game, but we just didn’t do enough.”

Meanwhile, Danny Handling has been called into Scotland’s Under-21 squad which will play Switzerland in a friendly in Thun tomorrow.

Also, Hibs Under-20s face Dundee at Spartans’ Ainslie Park complex tomorrow (kick-off 2pm).