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Martin Boyle: Hibernian forward to miss rest of the season after knee surgery

Hibernian forward Martin Boyle will miss the rest of this season after undergoing surgery on his knee.

The 29-year-old, who returned to Easter Road in August after a six-month spell at Saudi club Al-Faisaly, was forced off in Hibs' 3-0 win over St Mirren in October.

Boyle was still selected by Australia for the World Cup and travelled to Qatar, however, scans revealed a pre-existing ruptured anterior cruciate ligament.

He underwent an operation to address the issue in Qatar and has now begun his rehabilitation process, with the hope of returning next season.

Hibs manager Lee Johnson said: "It has been a tough few weeks for Martin and we are all gutted for him.

"Now, it's up to us to rally around him and make sure we support him on every level throughout his recovery.

"Short term - it is a big blow for us, but we will do everything we can to support Martin to make sure he comes back fitter, stronger and a better player than before, just like Kevin Nisbet has shown in his recovery."

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