JAMIE WALKER has a 60 per cent chance of being fit for Hearts’ trip to Celtic Park this weekend.
The Achilles injury which forced him off at half-time against Inverness on Saturday is not serious. However, he will not train until Thursday at the earliest in order to recuperate.
The 20-year-old is being monitored closely by Hearts’ medical staff ahead of an awkward trip to Glasgow. He is considered a key player by manager Gary Locke, who has already lost Ryan Stevenson and Jason Holt to injury recently and is keen to have Walker available.
Locke revealed today that Walker’s chances of facing Celtic are decent but stressed he will have a better idea of the player’s condition in a day or two. Walker’s Achilles is slightly inflamed, but Locke rates his chances of playing at Celtic Park as 60/40 in the winger’s favour. “He isn’t feeling too bad so it will be a case of monitoring him over the next 24 to 48 hours,” said Locke. “Looking at it, hopefully he should be okay. It’s a wee Achilles problem he’s had, but we’re pretty hopeful he should be alright for the weekend.
“He’s probably 60/40 for the game. If the injury settles down reasonably quickly, then he should be fine. He hasn’t trained and he isn’t training today. I’m hopeful that he might be able to join the rest of the group on Thursday if all goes well. It just depends how quickly it settles down.
“An Achilles can be quite a bad injury in the sense that, if he keeps persevering with it, he will probably just inflame it even more.
“We will just need to keep an eye on it. We’re keeping our fingers crossed because it would be a blow to lose Jamie.”