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Heffernan to miss rest of the season

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."

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."

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