Hibs have been dealt a massive blow in their quest to qualify for next season's Uefa Cup, with the news that Moroccan magician Merouane Zemmama is OUT for the rest of the season.
Only a couple of days ago the 24-year-old won the SPFA goal of the season award and was looking forward to firing the Hibees towards European qualification. But the Hibees have been dealt a cruel blow with the news that he has broken the fifth metatarsal on the outside of his foot.
Zemmama pulled up in training during the week and Hibs boss Mixu Paatelainen sent the player for a precautionary x-ray on his foot, which revealed the break and has ended his season.
This comes on the back of the injury to outstanding centre back Chris Hogg, who could still be out for a couple of weeks, with only four games remaining in the season.
Hibs boss Paatelainen said of the Zemmama injury:
"It's a big blow because Merouane has been playing so well but unfortunately these things happen.
"There was no collision or anything like that, Merouane simply turned in training and his foot felt sore."
The Hibees manager has, however, insisted that the club has a big enough squad to deal with the injury and said:
"We have lots of options, a big squad, a quality squad and whoever comes in will, hopefully, take their chance."
REALLY bad news for the Hibees, Zoomer is one of our most influential players and can score goals from all over the pitch, let's hope we can still win the race for Europe without him.
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