Hibs boss John Collins urges Lewis Stevenson to be patient

Last updated : 16 October 2007 By Steve Forbes

Hibs boss John Collins has today urged young midfield protégé Lewis Stevenson to be patient in his attempt to get back in to the Hibees first eleven.

Stevenson hasn't played since he was hooked at half time during the Hibees exit from the CIS Cup against Motherwell at Easter Road last month, a game the men from the Leith San Siro lost 2-4.

Manager John Collins has told the youngster that he will need to be patient in trying to get back in to an undefeated side, although his chance could come this Saturday against Motherwell at
Fir Park, after influential French midfielder Guillaume Beuzelin was ruled out through injury, after having a minor knee operation during the week.

The Hibs boss said:

"Lewis' form dipped a wee bit and we felt that he needed a break," revealed Collins.

"He has a lot of talent but he had played a lot of games and needed a rest. He'll be back though and will have a big role to play at Hibs because he's done very well whenever we have needed him.

"Boozy is still recovering from a clean-up operation on his knee and that may give him a chance to come back in."

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