Hibs head coach Neil Lennon insists Flo Kamberi’s return to action can help the Leith outfit pick up the pace in the Premiership after the striker netted the winner in Saturday’s win over Kilmarnock.
The 23-year-old had been hampered by a niggling knee complaint that had sidelined Kamberi since the 3-0 Europa League defeat away to Norwegian side Molde on August 16.
The Swiss player continued his rehabilitation back in his homeland during the international break before returning to the side and netting a decisive late penalty – his fifth goal of the campaign – in the weekend’s 3-2 success over Kilmarnock.
The victory was Hibs’ first in four league outings and Lennon insists the powerful Kamberi’s presence in attack will be a boost moving forward.
He said: “We’re better with Flo in the team, sometimes he was a bit rusty but other times when we played through him we were very productive.
“It’s been a frustrating time for him in the last month or so.
“Any good moves came through Flo and he’s such an important player for us.
“That will give his conference a shot in the arm, not that he needed it, but to take the penalty under pressure speaks volumes and hopefully we can get him up and running now because we miss him.
“All of a sudden the squad is starting to look a bit stronger again which is great.”
Six-matches in Europe and having to adjust to the departure of influential midfielder John McGinn to Aston Villa have contributed to a difficult start to the campaign but Lennon hopes a settled period can benefit the side.
He added: “At the moment we’re a work in progress because of the changes, the turnover of players and players getting up to speed. It’s be been a bit stop start with Europe, the transfer window and then the international break.
“Hopefully things can settle down and we’ll get a rhythm.”