HIBS boss Neil Lennon has admitted he will not push midfielder Dylan McGeouch too fast as he comes back to fitness.
The Easter Road gaffer realises he will need the former Celtic youngster operating at the top of his game when John McGinn is sidelined to have his ankle injury problems assessed.
McGeouch has been plagued by a niggling hamstring strain and hasn’t featured for the first team since the Irn-Bru Cup home defeat to St Mirren four-and-a-half weeks ago.
However, he came through the full 90 minutes of the development league match against Kilmarnock this week and Lennon welcomed the good news.
He said: “Dylan could be in contention for the Falkirk game at the weekend, but we don’t want to rush him back because, by his own admission, he probably came back too soon the last time and he broke down after a couple of games.
“We want to try and avoid that, especially with John’s situation, which might deteriorate as the weeks go on.
”We want Dylan playing at full speed on a consistent basis, over a period of months. To do that, we need to get him doing two or three really hard weeks of work to really see if the problem is gone and if it’s holding up okay so that we can get the best out of him.
“John’s problem’s going to need addressed in the next few weeks. We’ll nurse him through, but it’s going to come to the point where it needs sorting out.
“That’s when, hopefully, Dylan will be 100 per cent fit and ready to play not just two or three games, but eight, ten, 12 in a row.
“We’re going to need him to get through that tough December, January, February period.”
Hibs striker Jason Cummings was sent off during this Development match against Kilmarnock. He had earlier given the Edinburgh side the lead before seeing red for dissent just before the interval. Killie went on to win the match 4-1.
Cummings, who has been benched by Neil Lennon for the previous three Championship matches is nevertheless available for the visit of Falkirk to Easter Road on Saturday as the ban will only apply to Development games.