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Hibs forward Harry McKirdy has been ruled out for a period of 4-6 months following surgery, after an issue was uncovered in pre-season testing.

The Edinburgh side confirmed that McKirdy would miss a ‘significant period of time’ and it appears the forward could be potentially be out for the first half of the season as he begins his recovery.

Manager Lee Johnson described the diagnosis as a shock but insists the club are right behind the 26-year-old as he gets back to full fitness:

“This has come as a real shock for us all and has been a tough few days for Harry as we came to the bottom of what the scans meant.”

“We’re all with him, have to rally around him and give him as much support as possible. We have a first-class medical department that will look after him and make sure he comes back fit and healthy.”