Hibs face potential setbacks as midfielder Dylan Levitt sustains an injury during the 2-2 Europa Conference League draw against Luzern. The Wales internationalist’s early exit from the game due to an ankle injury raises concerns about his availability for upcoming matches. Levitt’s unfortunate incident came when he awkwardly landed while trying to block a shot by Ardon Jashari.
Hibs were already dealing with absences, including Chris Cadden, Jake Doyle-Hayes, Harry McKirdy, and Jojo Wollacott. Manager Lee Johnson welcomed Josh Campbell and Élie Youan back to the team after their absence in the weekend’s defeat to Motherwell. Despite Levitt’s injury, Campbell and Youan performed well without apparent setbacks. Martin Boyle, who heeded medical advice and started on the bench against Motherwell, also emerged unscathed.
Regrettably, Levitt’s recovery timeline casts doubt on his participation in the upcoming Viaplay Cup clash with Raith Rovers and the crucial European play-off against English Premier League side Aston Villa. Wearing a moon boot and utilizing crutches at the Swissporarena, Levitt’s condition seems less than ideal. Johnson, speaking to BBC Radio Scotland,
expressed concern about Levitt’s prognosis, hinting at a potential ligament strain rather than a break.
Injuries have posed a challenge for Hibs, with three returning players—Martin, Josh, and Élie—making a notable difference in the team’s quality against Luzern. Johnson emphasizes the importance of careful recovery for the players, especially Levitt, whose outlook seems to lean toward a significant ligament strain rather than a fracture. Mild to moderate ankle ligament problems can take up to three months to heal, adding to the club’s early-season midfield selection dilemmas.