Hibs v Dundee Utd - Hibees team news

Last updated : 22 November 2007 By Steve Forbes

Hibs boss John Collins has a few injury doubts leading up to this Saturday, as the Hibees face Dundee United at Easter Road in the SPL.


Moroccan striker Benji has been in training since returning from international duty with the Moroccan Olympic squad and could be set for a place on the bench, at best!

The 22-year-old has not played for Hibs since September 10th and will need to be broken back in to first team action slowly, after his time out due to the Muslim practice of Ramadan and also a troublesome knee injury.

Hibs boss Collins said:

"He's back training with us, we'll see how his sharpness is and while it might be a bit soon for him to start a match, he'll perhaps get a place on the bench."


French midfield lynchpin is looking rather doubtful for the clash with the "Arabs" after hobbling off in Hibs last game, a 1-0 over Gretna at Fir Park, having tweaked a hamstring and may well miss the game.

Collins is hopeful Boozy will make it, but won't rush the influential player back too soon, he said:

"Boozy has done quite well in training and we'll step things up today. There's been an improvement since the start of the week, but he's still 50/50. We'll make a decision tomorrow or even on Saturday morning."


One player who could maybe make a surprise appearance is French midfielder Patrick Noubissie, the player arrived in the summer on a free transfer, after he was released by Swindon Town, but was immediately sent out on loan to Livingston for three months.

It was originally thought that due to rules, he would not be able to play for the Hibees until the transfer window opened, but it's now know this isn't the case and that Noubissie may yet get his chance to impress in a Hibs top.

Although Hibs boss John Collins did state on Tuesday:

"He's free of injury but we'll have to work on his match fitness so it will probably be another three weeks or so until we can look at him coming into contention for a place in the first team."


Mikael Antoine-Curier looks destined to make the game after recovering from an ankle knock that he also picked up against Gretna.

Hibs had to wait on the swelling going down, but it seems everything is ok and he seems certain to start, due to Clayton Donaldson and his freak injury!

John Collins said:

"Mickael is fine. He's had a couple of hard days' training with the physio and he'll rejoin the squad today."


Portuguese U21 winger Filipe Morais could miss the game however, after turning up to training with the flu, Hibs boss John Collins sent the winger home as a precaution to the rest of the squad and told him to stay away.

His current condition is not clear yet but Collins thinks he may have a chance, he said:

"Filipe trained on Monday but, when he came in on Tuesday, he was really badly affected by flu. We sent him straight home and told him to keep away from the ground to stop it spreading. So far it seems to have worked and we'll see what the doctor has to say when Filipe comes in tomorrow."


The only player who is definitely out is English forward Clayton Donaldson.

Donaldson has broken his finger in four places and has been advised by a specialist to sit out Saturday's clash.

The player himself doesn't know how he picked up the injury, although it has been classed as a 'freak training accident'.

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