Alan Stubbs urges caution over El Alagui return

Alan Stubbs admits Hibs fans may not see the best of returning striker Farid El Alagui until 2016.

Farid El Alagui could be out of action until 2016. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

The 30-year-old has endured a torrid time with injuries since arriving at Easter Road last summer. He underwent an operation to remove a pin which aided his recovery from last season’s injury, resulting in another lay-off this term. But he has been on the bench in Hibs’ last two games, and came on as a substitute against Dundee United last weekend.

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Stubbs, however, has cautioned against expecting too much from him. Asked whether it may take until the second half of the season for him to recapture his form, the Hibs coach said: “It’s probably looking like that. He just needs more sharpness and more strength in his legs to make a really significant contribution.”