Benjelloun begins comeback
Hibernian manager John Collins believes the return to action of Abdessalam Benjelloun will be like 'signing a new player'.
By Peter Fraser
Last Updated: 05/11/07 5:47pm
Hibernian manager John Collins has welcomed the return to action of Abdessalam Benjelloun.
The striker has been sidelined for the past two months and has featured for Hibs in only six games so far this season.
Benjelloun's absence has been due to a combination of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and a knee injury which he aggravated while on international duty with Morocco.
However, Benjelloun is expected make his return to Hibs' reserve side on Tuesday for the clash with St Mirren, much to the delight of Collins.
"Benji can provide us with that bit of magic at the top end of the pitch, that wee shimmy past defenders so we are looking forward to getting him back," Collins told the Edinburgh Evening News.
"He's been out a long time and it didn't help when he went away with his country and they played him when he wasn't ready."
"We sent a letter saying he was not ready to play, but they made their own decision.
"They strapped him up heavily and played him. He's an important player for them but, at the end of the day, he has to be playing for his club before the national team."