Hibs duo's fitness drive

James McPake and Tim Clancy are back in training ahead of Hibernian's foray into the new season's Europa League qualifiers.

Last Updated: 21/06/13 at 14:19 Post Comment

James McPake: Hoping to get fit for opening Europa League tie

James McPake: Hoping to get fit for opening Europa League tie

The Edinburgh club are in competitive action on July 18 when they will play the first leg of their Europa League second round qualifying tie.

McPake and Clancy missed the last few weeks of the season due to injury but both returned to the club's training facilities earlier this week, along with a handful of others.

Manager Pat Fenlon told The Scotsman: "We wanted the boys who have been struggling a bit with little niggles started that bit earlier to give them as much time as possible.

"We had planned to have them back together as a group a little bit sooner but I thought that it might be more beneficial to give them a few more days off because it has been a short break for them.

"They've only had about three or three-and-a-half weeks off so I felt that it was more important to give them a proper rest and then we'd still have a month to prepare for the European games.

"James is okay. He has been doing a lot of work over the last few days. He's been working hard, along with Tim.

"I hope they will be back in full training quite quickly.

"They're certainly putting in the effort and I have been very pleased by what I have seen of them so far. They are making good progress."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e doesn't need a caoch. He needs a bus. A bloody big one, that he can park across the goal line. And when he gets one, he can do us a favour and let us know where we can buy one from as well.

HarryBoulton
Rodgers: No defence coach

Y

ou are wrong Per, thats the right way the play. Its everyone elses' fault that it doesnt work.

delboy
Mertesacker urges style change

A

s it's panto season coming soon, let me be the first Oh yes you do

munchie
Rodgers: No defence coach

Footer 365

Premier League: Louis van Gaal won't let critics get to him

Louis van Gaal is not bothered by the criticism that has come his way since he arrived at Manchester United.

Sky sources: Mike Ashley proposes an emergency loan offer to Rangers

Sky Sports understands that Mike Ashley is proposing an emergency loan offer to Rangers.

Europa League: Everton investigating trouble in Lille before Thursday's match

Everton will work with Merseyside and French police to establish the facts about Thursday's crowd trouble in Lille.

Mail Box

'Goals Like That Can Make You Pregnant'

Those being sniffy about Erik Lamela's rabona are given short shrift in the afternoon mailbox, where criticism of Brendan Rodgers is smashed out of the park...

Does David De Gea Need Competition?

It would certainly be a good idea to give Victor Valdes a contract, while we have more mails on Brendan Rodgers, Arsene Wenger, the rabona and mailbox gripes...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property