Hibs player who nearly lost his sight recovers


A HIBS player has recovered from an infection which nearly robbed him of his sight.

Sean Welsh developed the infection while in hospital being treated for a broken cheekbone caused during a fight in the team training ground.

Rumours then emerged online stating that the 21-year-old had suffered

“complications’, including that he had lost his sight, causing concern for fans that he would be unable to return to professional football

However the player has now understood to have beaten the infection and left St John’s Hospital in Livingston.

He will now spend time at home recovering, before rejoining his teammates at Easter Road.

Meanwhile Hibs have launched an investigation into the incident between Welsh and team mate Martin Scott.

The club refused to go into detail about Welsh’s treatment or any complications but a source said he was expected to make a full recovery.

He said:

“He picked up an infection after the operation, as can happen with these things.

“There were worries about his eyesight at one point but that’s not a concern anymore.

“He’s been let home and they are expecting him back at training. “

Welsh ended up in a barney with Scott during a pre-season

“boot camp’ in the Borders, which ironically was intended to promote unity in the team.

He was told he needed surgery, which would rule him out of games for at least eight weeks.

A spokesman for the club said:

“A member of our first team squad was in hospital for a planned procedure and is expected to return home shortly. “

NHS Lothian said it could not comment on specific cases.

The midfielder has had a number of injuries in his short career but despite his bad luck was awarded a new one-year deal in May.