First Team

Robbie hoping for quick Prince recovery

20th March 2015

Prince Buaben undergoes surgery but head coach hopes to have him back before season's end.

Robbie Neilson has revealed that he hopes to have Prince Buaben back before the season ends after the midfielder underwent surgery on his inured toe.

The Ghanaian hasn’t featured for the Jambos since the 2-1 win at Queen of the South four weeks ago, and the head coach has confirmed that Buaben’s injury is worse than first feared.

Speaking to the press this morning, Robbie said: “I’ll need to have a word with Prince about that today! I found about it this morning, that he put it out on his Instagram. That’s not the way we want to go about it, putting our press releases out.

“He had an issue with his toe against Queen of the South and we had hoped that it was just badly staved but after getting it scanned we’ve found out that he’s got a couple of chipped bones in his toe.

“He went in for an operation yesterday to get a screw put in it.

“Hopefully I’ll get him back for the end of the season, I’d like to. I think there’s a possibility about it, but if not then he’ll be fine for pre-season.”

The Jambos travel to Falkirk on Saturday on Championship duty and Robbie still has his only defeat of the season – inflicted upon them by the Bairns – fresh in his mind.

He’s expecting another tricky encounter tomorrow but hopes his boys have learned their lesson following the last meeting between the two sides.

“The first game we played them at Falkirk, in the first-half they sat in and we totally dominated the game,” he said. “Then they came out in the second-half and pressed the game and got a bit of joy from it. They got a goal and nearly got an equaliser towards the end.

“Peter Houston obviously looked at that and they decided to come to Tynecastle and press us quite high up the pitch, and it took us a while to get ourselves going.

“I expect them to do the same tomorrow, to press us high up the pitch, so we need to expect it and counter-act it.”