Jack Ross has provided an update on Scott Allan after the Hibs star’s battle with an unknown illness.

Allan featured at the start of the season but hasn’t appeared since August, the club watching his progress very carefully. He has been forced to watch from the side for a lengthy amount of time.

Hibs Squad Head shots 2020/21

Allan has been injured for a while now. (Photo by MB Media/Getty Images)

But now he is back in training, doctors giving him the all-clear to resume work with Hibs at HTC as Allan hits the comeback trail. According to Ross, this will not be a quick process.

Given the length of time he has been out, Ross doesn’t want to put a timescale on Allan’s return: “Scott is back in, which is another step forward for him. It’s small steps forward for him but it is another box ticked.

“He’s got a fair bit to go in terms of building up his training given the length of time he’s been out. But it’s all good progress for us and all positive for Scott, most importantly.

Progress counts. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

“I don’t think we’ve put any kind of timeline on anything. We don’t want to put any kind of pressure on him to be available by a certain time. We will just continue to see how he progresses. We’ve done that from day one that he became unavailable and we’ll continue to do the same.

“In the recent time he’s made good progress and if that continues then hopefully he will be in a good place physically and may be in contention. But neither us as a club or Scott as an individual are really looking that far ahead at the moment.”

 

Ross takes Hibs to his old stomping ground in Alloa this evening, with the Hibees looking to secure a League Cup semi-final place at the Indodrill. The Hibs manager says it will be nice to see familiar faces.

Raith Rovers vs Alloa Athletic - Betfred Cup

Return to roots. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“Alloa are a brilliant club and were huge for the development of my career,” he said. “I’ll always be grateful for the opportunity they gave me. “I still speak regularly with a lot of people at the club.

“I was over at one of their matches recently so I know how difficult a match it will be. Celtic have dominated the cups over the last four years but there are still some good teams left in the competition even if they are out.

“We’ve always said that these cup competitions offer us that realistic chance of achieving success. We had the disappointment of going out of the Scottish Cup at the last four but progress in this tournament has been good to date so it’s another opportunity for us to progress and try to win it.”

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