Hibs defender Liam Fontaine out for 3 months

Hibs have been dealt a blow ahead of Saturday's Premiership clash with Motherwell at Easter Road, with the news that defender Liam Fontaine is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

31-year-old Fontaine picked up a painful ankle injury in a recent Development league game.

The former Bristol City man has undergone surgery on the injury and joins Darren McGregor on the injury list, who has also went through surgery.

Hibs boss Neil Lennon said:

"We had a real blow with Liam Fontaine, he had a scan on his ankle and it is a lot worse than we thought.

"It was pretty innocuous in the game he played in but the scan showed the ligament has come away from the bone so he needs surgery.

"It is pretty similar to the injury he had last year so he is going to be out for 10 to 12 weeks.

"Darren (McGregor) had his surgery on Monday so he is four to six weeks hopefully.

"So that is a real blow with Liam but the rest of the squad is healthy. We have good depth in the squad. If Ryan Porteous is called upon he will be ready, I have no qualms about him.

"Efe Ambrose and Paul Hanlon were excellent last week so I'm hoping for more of the same."

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