Hibs head coach Jack Ross has some niggling fitness issues to contend with ahead of tonight’s pre-season friendly with English Premier League club Arsenal.

The cinch Premiership outfit will step up their preparations for next week’s UEFA Europa Conference League second qualifying round match against Mons Calpe or FC Santa Coloma by taking on Arsenal. While Mikel Arteta’s EPL heavyweights won’t be full strength, they’ll still be a considerable challenge for Hibs.

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Ross’ team face Arsenal tonight (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Ross has some fitness concerns to consider. Christian Doidge has been battling Covid-19 and only returned to training on Monday, having missed most of pre-season with Hibs. He won’t feature against Arsenal tonight.

Melker Hallberg and Josh Doig – the latter a reported transfer target for Arsenal – were also affected by the virus. Doig started the weekend’s 1-1 friendly draw with Stoke City but Ross may well look to ease the left-back into things after a tough first outing in England.

New signing Jake Doyle-Hayes is available for selection after a knock but fellow new Hibs player Daniel Mackay is a doubt due to a minor injury. Ross has also confirmed Scotland striker Kevin Nisbet is fit and available after his exertions with the national team at Euro 2020 last month.

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