Hibernian FC manager Franck Sauzée has confirmed wing-back Ulrik Laursen has been ruled out of action for the rest of the season.
The Danish defender dislocated his shoulder in the Scottish Cup defeat at Rangers FC at the end of January, with initial fears being a lay-off of up to eight weeks. But Sauzée has been devastated to learn Laursen will now be out for the rest of the campaign after being forced to undergo an operation.
'Out for the season'
"I've spoken to our physio, Malcolm Colquhoun, who told me the surgeon who carried out the operation said everything went fine, " Sauzée said. "Unfortunately it still means that Ulrik will be out for the rest of the season. It is a bad blow for him and the team because he is a key player."
Meanwhile, defender Lilian Martin is set to join former AS Monaco FC team-mate Sauzée at the Edinburgh club after training with Hibernian last week. "I could see in Lilian's eyes as I spoke to him after Saturday night's match that he wanted to come to Hibs, as he thought the atmosphere at the game was tremendous," Sauzée said.
"He was also impressed by the quality of the team," he added. "He knows about Scottish football because there are a lot of French players here at the moment and the game in this country gets talked about back in France because of that. Lilian flew back to Marseille yesterday to speak to his family but he has told me he'll be back tomorrow to sign.'' Martin would become the latest Hibernian recruit after Sauzée captured Kevin Nicol, Jarkko Wiss and Gary Caldwell recently.
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