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Is Islam Feruz’s time at Hibernian up?

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It seems that Islam Feruz may be packing his bags sooner rather than later, with Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs highlighting that the former Celtic youth player can return to Chelsea next month if he doesn’t want to fight for a place in the first team.

Feruz has failed to make a single start for the Easter Road side, since his arrival from Chelsea on a season long loan deal and with only five appearances off the bench – it is safe to say that if he does decide to leave then Hibs won’t miss him.

However, Stubbs wants the Somali-born youth to come good at the Edinburgh side, he said: “If he decides that he wants to go back to Chelsea then that will be his decision, but my preferred option would be for him to stay and fight for his place.

“If he goes back, it will be not through ourselves. We are not looking at anyone leaving, but I can understand that Izzy [Feruz] would have liked more game time.

“I have tried to mix it here and there when I could without affecting the balance of the team too much. That is the same with every player who has not been in the team, but every player needs to understand that when the team is winning they are the ones who deserve to keep the shirt.”

The striker has played a total of 56 minutes out of a possible 450 minutes with his last game coming in the 2-1 win over Livingston back in November, coming on as a substitute on 83 minutes.

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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