Hibs hopeful of Dylan McGeouch return for Partick Thistle clash after Scotland squad withdrawal

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HIBERNIAN are hopeful of having Dylan McGeouch back fit for Saturday’s home clash with Partick Thistle after the midfielder was denied a Scotland debut because of injury.

The former Celtic player received a maiden full international call-up from new manager Alex McLeish but missed Hibs’ 1-1 draw with St Johnstone 11 days ago because of a groin problem.

The 25-year-old still joined up with the national team but was subsequently forced to withdraw from the squad after being assessed by medical staff.

The on-form play-maker has been receiving treatment back at his club since returning and the Easter Road outfit are optimistic he will make himself available this weekend.

With John McGinn already suspended for the visit of Thistle, and next Tuesday’s visit of Hamilton Accies, the Easter Road side would be left short in midfield should McGeouch fail to prove his fitness.

McGeouch’s injury flare-up ironically came just days after he described how Robert Snodgrass had recommended a specialist in London who had helped him enjoy a more consistent campaign, free from the persistent problems that have blighted the previous three seasons with Hibs.

“I owe everything to him and the backroom staff,” he said just before missing the St Johnstone game. “I’ve been available for every game this season and that’s not happened for a long time for me.”

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