Hibs got to work in the Dubai sunshine on Thursday as preparations for the second  half of the season kicked into gear.

Nick Montgomery will spend a week on the training pitch - plus playing some friendly matches - looking to kick on from a mixed first few months of the campaign. Scottish Cup duty awaits at Forfar Athletic when they return, but for now it's all about grafting to bring about the manager's vision of what he wants his team to be.

Hibs have been joined in the United Arab Emirates by 19-year-old Kanayo Megwa, as Montgomery takes a closer look at a player who has impressed significantly on-loan at Airdrieonians in the Championship. Megwa has not been officially recalled as yet, but with the squad still light on numbers he could yet be drafted back in as a first-team option for when Premiership action re-commences.

Also among the travelling party is long-term injury absentee Chris Cadden. Yet to kick a ball for the club this season, the 27-year-old is now in the final stages of recovery from surgery on his Achilles tendon, and his presence could provide a significant boost between now and May. Harry McKirdy made his return from heart surgery before the winter break, and he too will be looking to re-integrate following an immensely difficult period.

Adam Le Fondre has been sorely missed in attack, but the veteran forward appears to be edging back towards full fitness, and was pictured among the training group this week. Montgomery, of course, is seeking to bring in new recruits, and interest remains in a loan deal for Leeds United youngster Kris Moore.

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To cast an eye over the topics of the day, Hibs Observer editor Patrick McPartlin was joined by Liam Bryce to discuss Megwa's opportunity to impress, the players rejoining the squad from injury, and where Hibs need to strengthen in the market between now and the transfer deadline.

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