Hibernian have received a boost in their battle for a top six place. The Edinburgh Evening News has revealed that January signing Ryan Gauld has returned to training after suffering a hamstring injury.

The midfielder hasn’t played for the Easter Road since suffering the injury against Celtic over a month ago.

In that time, the player hasn’t featured under recently appointed head coach Paul Heckingbottom.

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Gauld’s return is coming at just the right time for Hibs. They will need all of their big players available in their battle to stay in the top six.

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They currently hold a top point lead over Motherwell in the battle for sixth place, with the teams set to face each other in a huge game at Easter Road on Saturday.

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That game will come too early for Gauld. But Hibs will be hoping that he can return to the squad after the international break.

Fans shouldn’t expect a lot from Gauld in his immediate return to the first-team. It can be hard for players to find their form when they return from a long injury absence. He is more than capable of producing the goods though, the injury came at a bad time for the player.

Still, should Gauld manage to get back to his best he could play a key role in Hibs’ attempts to finish in the top six.

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