Hibs dealt further injury blow as Vykintas Slivka faces spell on the sidelines
Hibs have been dealt yet another blow with midfielder Vykintas Slivka ruled out of action for “a number of weeks” with a broken bone in his ankle.
Slivka suffered the injury during the Easter Road outfit’s 3-0 defeat by Motherwell at the end of last month.
But the 24-year-old went on to play, with the aid of painkillers, in his country’s two European Championship matches in the following days, making an appearance as a second half substitute against Ukraine and then playing the full 90 minutes in Lithuania’s 5-1 hammering by Portugal in which Cristiano Ronaldo scored four goals.
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“He’s got a fracture on his ankle and will be out for a number of weeks,” said Heckingbottom. “It’s a blow.”
Slivka joins club captain David Gray, defender Darren McGregor and Martin Boyle on the sidelines, the trio all unlikely to feature in the near future.