Owain Tudur Jones is ready to play his part in helping Hibs avoid being dragged into a relegation play-off battle after taking another step towards a first-team return.
The Welsh midfielder has been out since the beginning of January having suffered a hamstring injury but has now played twice in the space of a week for the Under-20s.
Jones started last week as the Hibs kids drew 0-0 with Rangers and was part of Terry Butcher’s squad which travelled to Tynecastle on Sunday although he wasn’t among the 18 who stripped for the derby.
However, the ex-Inverness player completed the full 90 minutes yesterday as James McDonaugh’s youngsters defeated Partick Thistle 2-0 to go back top of the SPFL Under-20 league and could now come into contention as Hibs, just six points clear of second-bottom place, face Aberdeen at Easter Road on Monday night in their last match before the split.
Butcher will welcome Jones’ progress, with Alan Maybury and Danny Haynes suspended for the visit of the Dons, and Paul Hanlon, who is due to undergo an operation on his knee injury which will put him out for the rest of the season, and Scott Robertson remaining on the sidelines.