Hibs have been handed a big boost reportedly, with Tom James set to return to action in time for the Edinburgh derby (Edinburgh Evening News).

The 23-year-old played in four matches for Hibs before he suffered an ankle injury against St Mirren. He hasn’t played since the clash, but he could return soon after the international break.

James is on the way back. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It’s claimed that he is now back running and will be in contention for upcoming matches. Whilst their next fixture with Kilmarnock may be too soon for him, the Edinburgh derby is a realistic aim.

James return is a boost for Hibs but when will he play?

It’ll be good for the Hibees to have James back. They don’t have much cover in the left-back position right now after Paul Heckingbottom opted to send Sean Mackie out on loan to Dundee.

At right-back David Gray is out injured again, although that blow has been softened slightly by the arrival of Jason Naismith. With Steven Whittaker available too, the right-back department is looking healthy.

Whittaker has featured plenty this season. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

James has played on the left more often than not for Hibs, but when will his next game be? Lewis Stevenson has returned to the left-back role now and Heckingbottom is unlikely to drop someone so influential.

Even when he does return, the Welshman may have to play the waiting game. His versatility to play on either side should help him out, but he is unlikely to get straight back into the team once he does return.

Heckingbottom will be glad to have him back though. He will provide good cover in both full-back areas and should push others for a starting XI spot.

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