Hibs midfielder Mark Milligan faces being pitched in as a makeshift central defender this weekend after injuries and suspensions have decimated Paul Heckingbottom’s squad.
Darren McGregor’s ban allied to injuries to Ryan Porteous and Darnell Johnson leaves Paul Hanlon as the only recognised central defender available.
McGregor was sent off in the 1-1 draw with Rangers leaving a temporary hole in the Hibees backline.
The 34-year-old has primarily been used to anchor the Hibs midfield but seems the likely pick to fill in at the back in the clash with Motherwell.
Although Hibs fans are more used to seeing him as a midfielder, the Australian does regularly play for his country in defence.
Former Hibs boss Neil Lennon also used him there at times earlier this season.
With a huge amount at stake for Hibs in the clash with the Steelmen, only having one available central defender is far from ideal.
Heckingbottom’s side are currently two points ahead of Motherwell with nine games left in the campaign – and only four until the split.
A win over the Steelmen would effectively seal the Hibees’ place in the top-six and give them a faint chance to securing European football next season.