Date: 22nd April 2014 at 12:56pm
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Hibs have received a boost to their hopes of avoiding relegation with the news both James McPake and Scott Robertson are closing in on a return to first team action.

The experienced duo have both been sidelined with long term injuries with captain McPake’s last appearance coming in October last year whilst midfielder Robertson has been ruled out since January, coinciding with the start of Hibs dismal recent run of just one win in 15 league and cup ties.

Both players may make an appearance when the under 20’s face Dunfermline this evening at East End Park as the youngsters look to continue their unbeaten run in the SPFL league after capturing the East of Scotland Central Taxis First Division Title on Saturday following a 2-0 victory over Easthouses Lily.

The youths currently hold a four point advantage over Celtic at the top of the table although the hoops have two games in hand. Rangers sit third on 52 points with three games in hand over the Hibees with the Glasgow outfits due to play each other on May 5th.

Manager Terry Butcher has hailed the return to training for McPake and Robertson although he warned against risking further injuries by throwing the pair back into the rigours of first team football too quickly telling the Edinburgh Evening News “Both Scott and James have been doing well in training, but I don`t like to gamble on players` fitness.

“If you ask a player to play, he will say ‘yes`, so you don`t let them decide. We`ll speak to the doctors, the physios and, if need be, specialists.

“We`ve missed Scott, there`s no doubt. Ideally I`d like to see him play a couple of matches at under-20 level, but the games are running out there too.”