Former Hibs striker hopes hamstring injury does not force Kenny Miller to retire

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Former Hibs striker Tam McManus admits he is hoping that Rangers marksman Kenny Miller can prolong his career after revealing that the exact same hamstring injury forced him to hang up his boots.

Interim Rangers manager Graeme Murty revealed that 37-year-old ex-Scotland internationalist Miller is facing a ‘significant’ lay-off after rupturing his hamstring just 15 minutes into last Wednesday’s victory at Hibs.

McManus suffered the same problem two years ago when he playing for junior side Gartcairn and was reluctantly forced to admit defeat in his bid to make a comeback.

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The 36-year-old, however, is keeping his fingers crossed that his former Hibs team-mate will not suffer the same fate.

McManus said: “I had the exact same injury towards the end of my career, I opened my legs up to sprint and it’s the most painful thing I’ve experienced.

“Considering I had suffered a broken leg at Hibs that kept me out for about six months and a fractured knee cap at Falkirk, that was an eight month job, it’s saying something that it was sorer that both those injuries.

“When you do come back, it’s always going to be in the back of your mind that when you open your legs up or accelerate that it could go again.

“I just hope for Kenny it’s not the end of his career. I’m sure he’ll try his hardest to get back.

“He’s been a great pro and he’s definitely a guy that doesn’t deserve to go out that way.”

Speaking to BBC Scotland, McManus added: “I just couldn’t get back from it and even now, two years on since I picked that injury up, I go for a jog or a game of five-a-sides and it’s always aching and aways there in the back of my mind.

“The mental aspect to an injury like this is probably worse that breaking your leg because you think that it could go again.”

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