Caltex Socceroo Boyle sidelined with knee injury

Caltex Socceroos attacker Martin Boyle has vowed to get back to full fitness as soon as possible after confirmation he could be sidelined until the New Year with a knee injury.

Boyle hurt his knee in last week’s Betfred Cup win over Elgin City, with scans revealing he requires surgery.

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The 26-year-old initially injured his knee while preparing for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup with the Caltex Socceroos last December.

He had worked his way back through pre-season training with Hibs only to suffer a fresh injury last week.

"There's no doubting it's a blow because I put everything into my recovery in the last few months," Boyle told Hibernian’s official website.

"The positive is that I know what the rehabilitation entails, and I'm just determined to do things properly and get back to the level I know I can get to."

Boyle has featured three times for the Caltex Socceroos since making his debut last year.

He scored two goals and had an assist in his first start for Australia, a 3-0 win against Lebanon in November.

Hibs boss Paul Heckingbottom said news of Boyle’s extended lay-off was disappointing news for his club.

“It is the last thing that we wanted after seeing Boyler work so hard in the months that we have been here trying to return to action,” the Hibs coach said.

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“However, as always, he has put a brave face on it and has already put things into perspective.

“He will get fantastic support once again during his lay off and will be supporting the rest of the boys as always.”