Hibernian have revealed winger Danny Galbraith has been given a break from training to assist with his recovery from injury.
The 22-year-old has not featured this season after undergoing groin surgery in the summer.
Reports this week claimed he had been banished from the club's training ground but Hibs say his absence is purely on medical grounds.
A statement read: "Hibernian FC can confirm that the absence of Danny Galbraith from the Hibernian Training Centre relates to Danny's ongoing medical condition.
"The club's medical team and the player felt that a short break from training would assist his rehabilitation prior to a further reassessment of his ongoing medical problems.
"Danny's medical condition is a private matter between the player and the club. The player has not been subject to any disciplinary process or suspension by the club.
"Recent reports in the media have been wide of the mark and hurtful to the player. The club hopes that Danny will recover from his playing injuries in the near future."