SEAD HAKSABANOVIC faces a nine-day sweat to see if he will be fit to play in the Scottish Cup Final.

The Montenegro international winger lasted only 22 minutes before limping off in the 4-2 loss to Hibs at Easter Road last night.

Haksabanovic was making a rare first-team start as Ange Postecoglou utilised his squad with the last Premiership outing of the season due against Aberdeen at Parkhead on Saturday before the curtain comes down with the silverware showdown against Inverness Caley Thistle at Hampden the following weekend.

READY FOR ACTION…Sead Haksabanovic prepares for the kick-off with a warm-up at Easter Road before his involvement in the game was cut short.

The Sweden-born forward looked eager to put on a show in Edinburgh, but his involvement was severely curtailed before he was forced to make way from Daizen Maeda, who, ironically, saw his action cut short with a foolish second yellow card in the 67th minute.

Now Haksabanovic will be involved in a race to be available for the showpiece crescendo at the national stadium and boss Postecoglou, speaking to the Daily Record at full-time, admitted: “We’ll see. Again it’s unfortunate.

“We build a squad to tackle all competitions, but we haven’t had any midweek games and some of the guys just haven’t played enough.

“I thought Haksabanovic started the game really well bearing in mind that he hasn’t played a lot of football.

“That’s the danger of throwing guys in, I guess. It can happen. I haven’t spoken to him and I’ll wait and see what the medical team says, but with the Cup Final 10 days away it could be tough for him.”


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