Chris Hogg Hogg gears up for derby

HIBERNIAN manager John Hughes is confident that skipper Chris Hogg will feature in the final Edinburgh derby of the season, despite the defender being taken off at half-time during Sunday's loss to Rangers.

Hogg had previously missed three matches with a recurring back injury, but the Easter Road medical team have been working intensively to ensure he has every chance of playing.

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With Sol Bamba missing out through suspension, Hughes is desperate to have his captain fit for Saturday's visit of Hearts as Hibs look to gain a Europa League spot.

"We know Chris Hogg won't do any long-term damage," Hughes said. "There is the chance it might stiffen up at half-time, as happened against Rangers, but that's a chance we might have to take."