Hearts boss hopes Callum Paterson is fit for Paisley

Knee knock: Callum Paterson
Knee knock: Callum Paterson
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Hearts hope to have Callum Paterson available to face St Mirren on Saturday but Ryan Stevenson will not play again until next season due to a recurring knee problem.

Paterson was injured and substituted in last night’s 4-2 defeat by Partick Thistle, although club medical staff are confident that he sustained nothing more than a minor knee knock. He was due to be assessed again at Riccarton this afternoon.

Stevenson has suffered swelling in the same knee which kept him out for six weeks early in the season. Medial ligament damage sidelined him last August and Hearts are concerned about a repeat after he aggravated his knee in Sunday’s win over Kilmarnock.

“It’s the same knee he damaged earlier in the season,” confirmed manager Gary Locke. “After Sunday’s game, he got a bit of swelling in it. We couldn’t risk him at all last night so that’s him finished for this season.

“He’ll have to rest it and by doing that he’ll be perfectly okay for the start of next season. You saw last night that we did miss him. We missed his presence up front. There’s a bit of swelling in it so there’s obviously a wee niggle in there. He’s been told to rest, so we’ll just leave him and get him ready for the start of next season. Callum got a knock on the knee so we’ll assess him later today and hopefully he’ll be okay.”