Shiels makes Hibs comeback
By Andrew Scurr
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Dean Shiels has returned to action for Hibs' reserves after seven weeks out.
Hibernian striker Dean Shiels has returned to action for the club's reserves, just seven weeks after undergoing eye surgery.
Shiels had been blind in one eye since a domestic accident as a child but with the eye having begun to deteriorate, it was decided that the Northern Ireland international should undergo surgery.
The 20-year-old had the problem eye removed in January but, less that two months later, was back in action during Hibs' 0-0 draw with Motherwell in the Scottish Premier League reserves on Tuesday.
The Scottish Cup semi-final against Hearts at the start of April is likely to come too soon for Shiels and manager Tony Mowbray confirmed that the youngster needed more reserve games under his belt before returning to first team action.
"Dean has only been back in training for a week and he is mad keen to get involved again," said Mowbray on the club's official website.
"But he needs to play in more reserve matches, yesterday was just part of the process.
"It is my job to make sure he comes back to the first team at the right time, and that he is not in any way rushed back.
"He has set no targets, none at all."
Meanwhile, midfielder Antonio Murray also continued his recovery from injury during the game with Motherwell and is getting closer to a first-team return.