Terry Butcher, the manager of Hibernian, has been dealt yet another injury blow with the news that striker Paul Heffernan will miss the rest of the season.

Heffernan tore a groin muscle in the warm-up before the 2-0 home loss to Aberdeen nearly a fortnight ago, and the severity of the problem means that the 32-year-old will not kick a ball again this season.

Butcher, who also will not be able to call on the defender Paul Hanlon again this term due to a knee problem, said: "Paul Heffernan has suffered a nasty one - he's pulled the muscle away from the bone and won't play again this season."

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The loss of Heffernan is a set-back for a Hibernian side that have only won once in their last 14 outings, a run of form that has left the club just four points above second-bottom Partick Thistle ahead of Saturday's trip to St Mirren.

Butcher, however, is hopeful that centre-half Jamie McPake, who has not played since last October after undergoing a back operation, may soon be ready to return.

The manager said: "James came back into training a few weeks ago and he's been looking good. He wants to play before the end of the season."