Fit-again Jamie Walker moves closer to Hearts return

Jamie Walker recently had surgery on a knee injury. Pic: SNS

Jamie Walker recently had surgery on a knee injury. Pic: SNS

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Jamie Walker is back in light training with Hearts and could make a first-team return at Hamilton in two weeks’ time. The winger is scheduled to resume full training next week – less than a fortnight since surgery on his knee.

His rapid recovery has delighted Hearts management and medical staff, with the player declaring he feels no pain at all after the operation. He had a small section of “floating” bone removed by a specialist in Bradford just before New Year and was expected to miss six to eight weeks. Instead, he should be back in a Hearts shirt before the month is out.

Head coach Robbie Neilson revealed today that Walker’s progress has been a welcome surprise. “He’s been great, I’m really pleased and he’s really pleased as well,” Neilson told the Evening News. “I spoke to him the other day and he’s really happy with the surgery. He feels great so we’re going to try and push him quicker.

“Hopefully, we’ll get him back training with the squad towards the end of next week. Then he’ll get another week’s full training before we look at him [for a comeback].

“We were told he’d be out for six to eight weeks before his operation. He came out from surgery and the surgeon said he was really pleased, so it was then three to four weeks. He’s been working really hard and he’s happy.”

Walker’s last appearance for Hearts was as a substitute in the League Cup quarter-final defeat by Celtic last October. Knee pain has hindered him throughout the campaign, thus he will now hope to remain injury-free during the second half of the season.