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Hibs boost as Deegan in training

PAT FENLON hopes to have Irish midfielder Gary Deegan back in action soon after the Dubliner resumed training with Hibernian.

Deegan has missed the last six games with Hibs as he suffered a broken jaw during an assault while on a night out in Edinburgh, and the former Bohemians man has been missed as Hibs have lost three times in six games since he's been absent.

But club doctors have given the 24-year-old permission to resume full training and Deegan will be back in action well before the busy Christmas period.

Hibs had been top of the SPL table but have slipped to third after losing two games in a row. They face St Johnstone tomorrow night ahead of the weekend derby against Hearts.

Gleeson's 'focused'

FORMER Ireland international Stephen Gleeson insists that his MK Dons team-mates have not thought about this week's FA Cup clash with AFC Wimbledon.

The clash of the two clubs is guaranteed to be controversial, with fans of Wimbledon planning a boycott of the game in Milton Keynes, still angry at the way the Wimbledon name was hijacked when the club moved out of their London base.

But Dubliner Gleeson, a key man for MK Dons, says it's not an issue for the squad.

"There's been a few mentions of it and obviously the media will start getting in and hyping it up, but we haven't thought about it," Gleeson said.

"We've just been concentrating on the league and the manager has made us do that.

"It's a massive game for this club and hopefully we can show the world what we're all about. I don't know a lot about the history, although I'm sure this week I will get to know about it," he said.

"But I can say that every player in the dressing room wants to win next Sunday," added Gleeson, capped once by Steve Staunton in 2007.