Fenlon 'disappointed' for Deegan

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Pat Fenlon, pictured, admits to feeling pangs of guilt over Gary Deegan's injury
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Pat Fenlon, pictured, admits to feeling pangs of guilt over Gary Deegan's injury

Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon feels a sense of responsibility after midfielder Gary Deegan suffered a fractured jaw in an alleged city centre assault, but will not be placing his players under curfew.

Irishman Deegan, a summer signing from Coventry, required surgery after the incident, which came following a night out after the 3-0 win over Dundee which took Hibs top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

Hibs, now two points behind Celtic in the SPL standings, play Ross County on Saturday without Deegan.

Fenlon said: "It's very frustrating. I'm disappointed for Gary. It's a police matter now and we've got to let them do their job and deal with it.

"I'm disappointed for him and feel a little bit guilty myself. I brought him here to play for this club and tried to convince him it was a great place to live and a great place to play football. Something like that happens, you feel a bit guilty.

"He's come in, he's been a great part of the place and we'll make sure we look after him and he gets himself right."

Fenlon will not be placing restrictions on his players.

He said: "I can't lock them up seven days a week. It's an unfortunate thing.

"It happens in every city in the world but when it comes home to you it's disappointing."

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