Hibs have provided their fans with a piece of good news recently. They have confirmed that Ryan Porteous’ recovery from injury is going well and that the defender has returned to light training.

The Hibees posted an update on Twitter, saying: “Porteous has stepped up his comeback from injury with a return to some light running.

Porteous’ return is near. (Image by Getty Images)

“All being well, we look forward to having Ryan and Martin Boyle back ready to join the rest of their team-mates for the start of pre-season a week today (June 20th).”

Porteous will be a big player next term

The Hibs youngster was a brick wall earlier in the campaign. He was standout player in the early stages of the 2018/19 season. Alongside Efe Ambrose, he helped create a formidable partnership at the back for the Easter Road side.

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It’ll be a challenge to get back into the side though. Darren McGregor and Paul Hanlon are mainstays in Paul Heckingbottom’s side now. They are unlikely to exit his starting XI without a fuss.

Hanlon and McGregor are mainstays. (photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Porteous will need to get up to speed pretty quickly. Alongside Adam Jackson, the centre-back department at Easter Road is pretty full.

He’ll need to make a good impression in pre-season and the Betfred Cup if he’s fit, should he want anywhere near the starting XI.

It’s a big boost all the same. With his return to fitness nearing, it means Hibs will soon have four first-team quality centre-backs who are fit and eager to play. Competition is healthy for any club.

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