October Hibs debuts for Eckersley and Anier

Adam Eckersley's recovery from a knee operation is going well. Pic: Ian Georgeson
Adam Eckersley's recovery from a knee operation is going well. Pic: Ian Georgeson
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Recent recruits Adam Eckersley and Henri Anier are expected to be ready to make their Hibs debuts around the middle of next month.

ormer Hearts left-back Eckersley signed a fortnight ago on a short-team deal until January, while Estonian forward Anier joined on a season-long loan deal from Dundee United on transfer deadline day, almost four weeks ago. Neither have played yet due to a combination of injuries and shortage of match fitness.

Eckersley is recovering from a minor knee operation he underwent a month ago, but is expected to join his new team-mates in training in around a week’s time, with a view to being available for consideration for the home game against Dumbarton on October 17.

“Adam’s not far away,” said head coach Alan Stubbs. “We knew where we were with it when he signed. He is potentially two to three weeks away from playing. He will be back in training, hopefully, within seven to 10 days and then we will look to get him some match time.”

Strikers Islam Feruz and James Keatings are struggling with injuries and are set to miss today’s Easter Road clash with St Mirren, although both will be in contention for the trip to Queen of the South next weekend. Anier, however, is unlikely to be available until the Dumbarton game at the earliest.

“Islam’s hamstring was a little bit tight and he will be a doubt for St Mirren, but he will potentially be back in training on Monday,” said Stubbs. “James is close, he will probably start training next week. He is doing well but we are in a position where we don’t need to rush him back. There is not an urgency so we will take our time. Henri is a little bit longer, he has a strain and will be longer than James and Islam.”