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Sport: Boost for Hibs as Kyle Magennis steps up return from injury

New Hibs boy Chris Mueller on Christian Pulisic influence and where he will fit in Shaun Maloney's XI

  New Hibs boy Chris Mueller on Christian Pulisic influence and where he will fit in Shaun Maloney's XI New Hibs signing Chris Mueller has paid tribute to Chelsea's American star Christian Pulisic. © Chris Mueller has joined up with Hibs team-mates after his move from Orlando City. (Photo by Alan Ha... Having signed a pre-contract agreement in the summer, Mueller has finally made the move to Easter Road. A move which has been a long time coming for the 25-year-old.The forward has had a firmly held belief that he “belonged in European football” and has only been inspired by the impact of Pulisic at Borussia Dortmund and Chelsea.

The 23-year-old had an impressive start to the season, scoring four goals and registering two assists in his first 13 games, but hasn’t featured since September 26 last year when he played the first 45 minutes of a 1-0 victory over St Johnstone at Easter Road.

  Boost for Hibs as Kyle Magennis steps up return from injury © Kyle Magennis takes part in solo training at HTC

Magennis has been sidelined since that game with what former Hibs boss Jack Ross described as a “problematic groin injury”.

The former St Mirren man has been working closely with the club’s medical and sport science staff in a bid to get to the bottom of the issue but only resumed light running in early December.

Hibs transfers, the Easter Road blueprint, and why January could be a busy month

  Hibs transfers, the Easter Road blueprint, and why January could be a busy month Hibs will be fairly busy in this transfer window. We know this for a variety of reasons.Having a new manager in Shaun Maloney will also be playing a part but more importantly, Hibs need to build on their three consecutive league wins before the winter break when the Scottish Premiership resumes on January 17 because the team is not too far off where it needs to be in the table.

Ross said in early December that there had been “little signs of progression” but that the midfielder was still not close to a return.

However, the former Scotland Under-21 internationalist appears to have taken a step closer to a return as he took part in individual training with one of the physios at the club’s training complex on Wednesday.

The Evening News understands a number of first-team players didn’t take part in training after playing in Tuesday’s bounce games against Queen’s Park but new signing Rocky Bushiri took part in his first session after signing a loan deal until the end of the season.

Stevie Bradley was put through his paces following his early return from a season-long loan spell at Scottish Championship side Ayr United while midfielder Melker Hallberg, who has been linked with St Johnstone, was also involved at HTC.

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Defeat Motherwell and Hibs move into fourth place in the Premiership table. © Joe Newell and Hibs are aiming for fourth place in the cinch Premiership. In recent weeks they have proved themselves fairly adept at responding to similar enticements“It does feel like a big game – but then every game has felt that way,” according to manager Shaun Maloney. “We had this exact same feeling when we played Aberdeen - Aberdeen were ahead of us. When we played Dundee United they were ahead of us. This feels very similar to those games. © New Hibs manager Shaun Maloney gets his message across.

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