Hibs defender Michael Nelson facing lengthy lay-off

Hibs defender Michael Nelson looks set to be sidelined for a number of weeks following a horror injury picked up against Celtic.

Despite Celtic manager Neil Lennon claiming that Hibs had put in some terrible challenges, and even going as far as vowing revenge when Hibs next visit Parkhead, it's the Hibees defender who was injured badly.

Nelson, 33, has a massive black eye, and swelling round the injury, early reports suggest that he has fractured his eye socket.

Hibs are said to be confiming this today in their press conference at Easter Road.

Nelson has been a rock lately in the centre of defence, and will be a big loss, but club captain James McPake is set to step in.

McPake has been out for a couple of months with a back injury, but is expected to take over in defence against Aberdeen at the weekend.