Australia manager Graham Arnold plans to visit Edinburgh to run the rule of Hibs winger Martin Boyle after the 26-year-old returned to fitness following a serious knee injury.

Boyle was set to feature for the Socceroos at the Asian Cup before a cruciate injury forced him onto the sidelines for months.

AL AIN, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 15: Graham Arnold the head coach of Australia during the AFC Asian Cup Group B match between Australia and Syria at Khalifa Bin Zayed Stadium on January 15, 2019 in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates.

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Arnold insists the winger is brings something to the Australian squad and hopes to get the chance to sit down with Hibees boss Paul Heckingbottom.

“A fully-fit Martin Boyle adds to Australia’s attacking depth and when he’s been with the squad he’s added a lot of character and personality to the group,” Arnold told the Edinburgh Evening News.

“He has pace, the ability to beat players one-on-one and adds a goalscoring threat to our team. I believe Martin can play an important role in our upcoming qualification campaign but first and foremost he needs to start the next season well with Hibs and, like any player, earn selection in upcoming squads.

 

“I intend visiting Hibs in August when the Scottish Premiership season is back up and running. It would be great to meet Paul and his staff when I am in Edinburgh.”

Boyle has picked up three caps for Australia so far, the last of which came against Oman in the final warm-up game for the Asian games that ended Boyle’s season.

5th August 2018, Easter Road, Edinburgh, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Hibernian versus Motherwell; Martin Boyle of Hibernian celebrates after scoring Hibs' third goal in the 51st minute

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After returning to training with Paul Heckingbottom’s side this week, the winger will be hoping he can get the new season off to a strong start and make up for lost time.

Heckingbottom’s side get their campaign underway when they face Stirling Albion on July 13th in the Betfred Cup and it’s the perfect chance for Boyle to show he’s back to his best.

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