Hibs defender Ryan Porteous is eager for football to return as the wait for action goes on.
The SPFL is currently on an indefinite hiatus as the world fights a global health pandemic started by a Covid-19 outbreak. Scottish football is one of many things on standby as life in general is put on hold.
Nobody knows when we’ll start seeing football again, a great frustration for many, including Hibs’ Porteous. He had been injured since January and was edging closer to a return.
Porteous suffered a serious knee injury against Dundee United in the Scottish Cup and hasn’t appeared since. It looks set to be an even longer wait for the young centre-half as he pines for a return to action.
He’s have boosted Jack Ross’ top six push but that’s been put in cold storage. Instead, Porteous has been left thinking about what it’ll feel like to walk back onto the park.
“It was a strange feeling. It’s new for every footballer,” Porteous told Hibs TV. “The club’s been a big part of my life and the same goes for my family and friends. No-one knows what to do. It’s not a situation we’ve been in before.
“We need to stay occupied until football’s back, but it will be back. It won’t be long until Easter Road is sold out again. You planned your week around it. At the start of the week you’re reflecting on the last result, whether it was good or bad, and taking stick from your mates. Then you think ‘who do we have next?’.
“When you have big fixtures coming up, a Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden against your big rivals and potentially top-six games against Celtic, Rangers and Aberdeen – these are the games you want to be playing in or watching. It doesn’t feel fair but everyone’s going through the same thing – in every walk of life.
“It’s only been a week and we’re feeling it already. Can you imagine the feeling going into the Scottish Cup semi-final against Hearts? When results aren’t going your way, for whatever reason, maybe some fans don’t come for certain reasons.
“But when it’s taken away from you, you want it more. Everyone will be back in their numbers. It’ll be a great feeling walking back out there again.”