Hibs boss Paul Heckingbottom has some good news on the injury front for the Easter Road side concerning highly-rated centre-back Ryan Porteous – but there’s a catch.
Heckingbottom has revealed that the player is back in training as he recovers from the knee injury he picked up last season.
Taking time with recovery
However, the Hibs boss went on to disclosed that it will be a while yet before the player returns to first-team action.
“He has done a lot of running, but we need to make sure we get more football into him before we put him on the pitch” he said, as reported by the Evening News.
“He knows that, and he is working hard, but he can also see the big jumps he is making every week, which is pleasing for him and for us.”
Hibs are doing the right thing in taking their time with Porteous’ comeback. The centre-back had a knee operation in January, which meant that he missed the second-half of the season.
Therefore, Heckingbottom has not had a chance to select him for a game for Hibs yet. No doubt when he is fit Heckingbotton will make Porteous one of the mainstays of his squad.
However, that might not be for a while yet. However, Hibs are doing the right thing in making sure that the player is 100% fit before he returns to the squad.