Shiels closes on comeback
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Hibernian ace Dean Shiels is close to making a return to action after eye surgery.
Hibernian ace Dean Shiels is close to making a return to action after undergoing eye surgery.
The Northern Ireland Under-21 international underwent an eye operation in January to correct a problem he has had since he was a child.
Shiels has had his eye removed and he is now back in training with the rest of the Hibs squad.
Hibs boss Tony Mowbray believes Shiels could be back in action soon.
"Dean is now pain-free and has no irritation," said Mowbray.
"He is back kicking the ball, he's fine and he's raring to go.
"However, I don't want to make any false judgements, let's just see how he gets on in training.
"The operation will have taken a lot out of Dean both emotionally and physically and we're not setting him any targets. We're not interested in rushing him back.
"But if everything continues to go well then he's got a good chance of playing his way back into our thoughts.
"We'll give him another week's training and he may even get a chance to play in a reserve game."