Fenlon wants Griffiths stay

Brighton midfielder Andrea Orlandi has been ruled out for up to

six weeks with a broken rib he suffered on Saturday.

The Spaniard, a summer signing from Swansea, suffered the injury

during Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at Crystal Palace.

Manager Gus Poyet told The Argus: “He has got a broken rib and

he is going to be out for a while. It is going to be four to six

weeks, depending on the healing process for Andrea.

“He didn’t play a lot at Swansea, so we have tried to keep an

eye on him because of the football he has missed in the past.

“Everything we have done until now is going to be gone. In a

month-and-a-half we will have to start from zero with him, so it is

very unfortunate and then, of course, there’s his quality as


“He has been getting more influential in the team and also with

set plays, so it’s a blow but that is why the squad is there, to

make sure we don’t miss him too much.”

Poyet also has injury concerns over Wayne Bridge and Adam El-Abd

ahead of Saturday’s trip to Charlton, while Marcos Painter is

definitely ruled out and Lewis Dunk is suspended.

Griffiths has scored 13 goals for Hibs since joining on loan

from Wolves at the beginning of the season, but his short-term

contract expires next month.

Fenlon is keen to keep the striker beyond that deal and believes

Sunday’s 1-0 cup win can only help his side’s cause.

He told the Daily Record: “Everything helps in relation to

attracting players, whether it’s Leigh or somebody else.

“We have a fantastic stadium and great training facilities. We

don’t have loads of money to throw at players but we have good

attributes to attract them.

“And winning football matches is the biggest attribute of them


Griffiths was stretchered off with an ankle injury just after

half-time during Sunday’s win to strike a blow for Hibernian.

Fenlon’s backline helped inspire the win and he reserved

particular praise for Lewis Stevenson, who played out of position

at full-back.

The manager added: “The back four were superb and left-back

Lewis excellent.”