CALUM ELLIOT hopes to resume training with Hearts next week, two months ahead of schedule, following a successful operation on his knee.
The striker expected to be sidelined until Christmas having undergone surgery in March, but his recovery has progressed quickly and he is almost ready to return to training at Riccarton.
Hearts are determined to ease Elliot back into action gently given his previous injury problems.
Elliot, though, is desperate to impress Paulo Sergio, the Hearts manager, with a year remaining on his contract at Tynecastle.
The player’s agent, Tomasso Angelini, said today: “Calum is doing well. His injury seems to have healed better than expected and he is ready to train with the other players from next week. He has been doing ball work for the last week but he is now ready to train with the group again. When he first got the injury we were told he would be out for nine months but he feels great.
“What I have to say is what a fantastic job the Hearts medical team have done in helping his rehabilitation. He is now itching to get back into the team.
“He started last season very well but then he had some little injury niggles. There was actually interest in him in January but Jim Jefferies wanted to keep him, so that shows you how highly he was rated.”