Hibs defender Ryan Porteous ruled out for rest of season

Hibs have been dealt a massive blow as it was revealed Scotland Under-21 defender Ryan Porteous will miss the rest of the season when he undergoes surgery for a knee injury.
Ryan Porteous broke down on his return to the Hibs teamRyan Porteous broke down on his return to the Hibs team
Ryan Porteous broke down on his return to the Hibs team

The 19-year-old had surgery on Wednesday after being forced to hobble out of the Easter Road side’s 1-0 defeat by Motherwell a week earlier, only 28 minutes into what was his comeback match having suffered a similar injury a month previously.

Nathan Ring, the club’s head of sports medicine and science, said: “Unfortunately, Ryan will likely sit out the rest of the season.

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“We took the decision, after consulting a specialist, to opt for surgery and ensure he has the best possible chance of being fit for the start of next season.

“The player’s welfare and long-term health will always come first for us.”

Porteous, who had impressed after making himself a first pick under former boss Neil Lennon, said: “It obviously came as a blow to hear the news that I would miss the rest of the season but I’m trying to look at the positives.

“This season has exceeded my expectations. I just hoped to be challenging for a place in and around the first team, so to have played so many games at my age has been a real bonus.

“I like to think I’ve earned it through hard work but there aren’t many clubs that would put faith in a young centre-back.

“This is just a temporary setback that I’ll get my head around.

“What matters now is that I follow all the advice from the staff, get stuck into the rehab and hopefully make sure I’m good to go for pre-season.

“I always want to play but the club’s right to put my long-term health first and get this taken care of.”