HARRY McKIRDY will miss most of next season after pre-season testing revealed a medical issue.
The Hibs forward was due to fly to Spain with Lee Johnson’s side to prepare for the new season.
However, routine checks led to the player seeing a specialist who told him he needed an operation before he could play again.
The 26-year-old, for whom Leyton Orient and Cochester had loan interests, is expected to be out for four to six months.
A statement from Hibs said: “At the start of the pre-season, Harry, like his team-mates, underwent the usual scans and tests to ensure he was fit and healthy ahead of the 2023/24 season.”
“However, these scans revealed an issue that requires further investigation by the club’s medical staff and doctor.
“Following this assessment and a visit to a specialist, it was confirmed that the 26-year-old would require surgery, which will mean he will be out for four to six months.
“The club’s medical team are confident that Harry will be fully fit again after his rehabilitation period.”
Boss Johnson admits the diagnosis has devastated the player and vowed the club will support McKirdy throughout his rehab.
Johnson said: “It came as a real shock to all of us and it’s been a tough couple of days for Harry as we get to the bottom of the meaning of the scans.”
“We are all on his side, we need to rally around him and support him as much as we can.
“We have a top-notch medical department to take care of him and make sure he gets fit and healthy again.”
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