Martin Boyle scored for Hibernian before limping off with a worrying injury ahead of the World Cup in their 3-0 home win over St Mirren in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday.
Boyle opened the scoring with a spotkick in the fourth minute of first-half injury time, but limped off in the 54th minute.
Hibs boss Lee Johnson said: “I’m praying it’s not too bad. I was very worried it was his knee but it’s not, it’s down the side, sort of the top of the shin. And we’re hoping the pain was contact to the nerve, because it went numb.
“That was what ended in him coming off but I’m lighting a candle for him tonight hoping he’s alright.
“It’s going to be difficult psychologically for him but I have to say his professionalism has been outstanding, he has never shirked anything in training or games. That’s why he deserves to go to the World Cup, for that consistency.”
Ryan Strain and Keanu Baccus both started and played 73 minutes for the Saints.
Mark Birighitti was reinstated as Dundee United’s number one in their 1-0 home loss to Motherwell and earned a 5/10 rating from The Courier.
Birighitti replaced Carljohan Erikssen in goals, having not played since August 14, although he might have done better to push over Sondre Johansen’s header for the winner. Aziz Behich put in a full shift too.
Ryan McGowan played a full game as St Johnstone won 1-0 over Kilmarnock.
Aaron Mooy put in a full shift for Celtic in their 3-0 win at Livingston on Sunday, earning a 7/10 rating from supporter blog Celts Are Here, who wrote: “You rarely ever see Aaron Mooy give the ball away for Celtic and this was the case once more today as the Australian was sufficient in midfield.
“Mooy is one of those players who keeps it consistent week by week and today, the 32 year old was unfortunate not to net as his left footed effort whistled wide of the post in the first half.”
Cameron Devlin (ankle), Kye Rowles (foot) and Nathaniel Atkinson (ankle) were all absent for Hearts’ 2-1 away win at Ross County on Sunday.
Connor Metcalfe came off the bench to provide a clever assist as St Pauli drew 1-1 with Darmstadt in the German 2.Bundesliga.
Metcalfe was a 68th minute substitute, tapping back a low cross for Lukas Daschner to fire in the 69th minute equaliser. Jackson Irvine put in a full shift.
Tom Rogic wasn’t in the West Bromwich Albion squad for Carlos Corberan’s first game in charge as they slumped to bottom spot with a 2-0 home loss to Sheffield United in the English Championship.
Riley McGree started and played 86 minutes in Michael Carrick’s first game as Middlesbrough boss, in a 2-1 loss at Preston North End. Massimo Luongo was absent from the squad.
The Northern Echo rated McGree 6/10 and wrote: “Was stationed on the left of midfield as he returned to the team, but wasted a couple of decent positions by hesitating.”
Fran Karacic returned from injury for Brescia, putting in a full shift as Brescia drew 1-1 at Genoa in Italy’s Serie B, while Alessandro Circati was an 80th minute sub for Parma in their 1-0 win over Como.
Awer Mabil was an unused sub as Cadiz won 3-2 over Atletico Madrid in the Spanish La Liga.
Mat Ryan was back from injury but remained on the bench as FC Copenhagen won 2-0 at Randers in the Danish Superliga.
Mitch Langerak played a full game as Nagoya Grampus won 2-1 over FC Tokyo in the Japanese J.League before picking up the club’s Player of the Year award.
Adam Taggart was a 71st minute substitute for Cerezo Osaka in their 0-0 draw at Kyoto Sanga.
Mitch Duke put in a full shift as Fagiano Okayama’s promotion hopes were ended with a 3-0 home loss to Peter Cklamovski’s Montedio Yamagata in the J2 playoffs on Sunday. Stefan Mauk was absent.
Arigatōgozaimashita 🙌🏼🙌🏼 I’m very humbled to be awarded the MVP for this season and win the Land Cruiser. As a goalkeeper you rely on your teammates and those around you to be able to perform well. I am so thankful the boys and the team staff for all their efforts and hard work! https://t.co/GsZ3qPJbQU
— Mitch Langerak (@MitchLangerak25) October 30, 2022
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