Hibs cup hero Lewis Stevenson in desperate fight for fitness ahead of Hearts clash

Hibernian’s Lewis Stevenson is in a race against time to prove his fitness ahead of Saturday's Scottish Cup semi-final derby. Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group
Hibernian’s Lewis Stevenson is in a race against time to prove his fitness ahead of Saturday’s Scottish Cup semi-final derby. Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group

Lewis Stevenson, who was part of the League Cup winning side in 2007 and one of the men who will go down in history after he helped end the Leith side’s 114-year Scottish Cup drought, in 2016, hobbled away from Rugby Park in a protective boot after he rolled his ankle in the 1-0 triumph over Kilmarnock last weekend.

Jack Ross, who won one and lost one of his first two derbies as Hibs manager, had hoped that the injury would improve in time for the trip to Hampden, but the prognosis is not looking good and the 32-year-old left-back looks set to miss out on the Capital derby.

Overshadowed by young Josh Doig when the Premiership season got under way, the veteran defender had forced his way back into the starting line-up at the beginning of October.

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But, in what could be the only derby of the season against Championship Hearts, Scotland U-19 starlet Doig now looks likely to step back in.

In more positive news, the Hibs boss is hoping to have at least one of his wingers back to bolster his attacking options.

Drey Wright and Jamie Murphy, who are recovering from groin and hamstring niggles respectively, came close to being in contention for the game with Kilmarnock, but it was decided not to risk them due to the plastic pitch. Their rehabilitation remains on track, though, and there is an expectation that at least one of them will feature against Robbie Neilson’s Hearts side.

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Local Hero: Orangetheory Fitness Aids Tampa Bay’s Hungry

TAMPA, FL — Orangetheory Fitness was proud to stand with Feeding Tampa Bay during Hunger Action Month in September.

“We know a lot of individuals have been hit especially hard during this pandemic” said owner Jim Potesta. “We are honored to have a partner like Feeding Tampa Bay to help raise funds and awareness.

“At Orangetheory, we believe in addressing the important issues that affect the health of millions throughout the Tampa Bay area,” Potesta said. “We know that more meals helps deliver better health for those in need. To date, we have raised $12,500 which in turn provides 125,000 meals to those who struggle with food insecurity.”

Launching in 2010, Orangetheory Fitness franchisees have opened more than 1,200 studios in 50 U.S. states and 22 countries.

As one of the nation’s top hunger relief organizations, Feeding Tampa Bay is ending hunger by fueling human potential in every family, child and senior across the 10-county region.

By leveraging the daily connection around a meal, the organization is evolving its partnerships, programs and services with a goal to break down barriers and create long-term health and capability in the lives of the individuals they serve.

In response to the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, Feeding Tampa Bay has evolved its services by almost tripling its reach to serve the nearly 1.7 million facing increased need during the crisis. The nonprofit anticipates it will serve more than 100 million meals this year.

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