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Hibs sweat over knee injury to skipper David Gray as Paul Heckingbottom rues offside calls

HIBS are anxiously awaiting results of a scan amid fears that captain David Gray is facing a substantial spell on the sidelines.

Gray, 31, suffered a knee injury in a hefty accidental collision with Scott Tanser in Saturday’s 2-2 draw against St Johnstone.

The experienced right-back had to be replaced by former Scotland international Steven Whittaker after 59 minutes and was spotted leaving Easter Road on crutches.

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Gray was subsequently dispatched for tests on Tuesday, leaving boss Paul Heckingbottom sweating over the fitness of one of his key men.

With fellow defender Tom James also expected to be absent for at least another fortnight with an ankle strain, a lengthy layoff for Gray would represent a major blow for the capital club.

Hibs have not had their troubles to seek on the injury front this term, with winger Martin Boyle already ruled out until 2020 after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.

Meanwhile, Heckingbottom reckons Hibs have been the victim of dodgy officiating FOUR times already this campaign after insisting the Saints’ last-gasp equaliser should have been chalked off.

Heckingbottom is adamant skipper Jason Kerr was in an offside position when he headed home – leaving the Englishman with a feeling of deja vu.

Flo Kamberi saw goals wrongly ruled out when the assistant referees raised their flag in encounters against Elgin and St Mirren.

Oli Shaw was also harshly denied by an offside call in a win over Arbroath.

And Heckingbottom told Hibs TV: “The lad [Kerr] is offside for the header. We are on the back end of it [decisions] at the minute.

“That’s four times in the last six games where the linesman has cost us goals.

“That’s why we feel worse than it is, that’s why it’s difficult to take.

“It felt like a defeat conceding with the last kick of the game. We wanted the three points and we thought we had got them.”

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