Hearts/Hibs round-up: Stevenson out/BDO boost

Hearts player Ryan Stevenson has been ruled out for up to six week with a torn hamstring. Pic: Phil Wilkinson

Hearts player Ryan Stevenson has been ruled out for up to six week with a torn hamstring. Pic: Phil Wilkinson

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A full round-up of the Hearts/Hibs news making the headlines this morning, as well as stories from the rest of Scotland and beyond.

Hearts his by fresh injury blow

Hearts have been hit by a fresh injury blow after Ryan Stevenson was ruled out for up to six weeks with a torn hamstring.

The news comes just 24 hours after the club revealed skipper Danny Wilson is battling shin splints. Wilson has vowed to carry on playing through the pain, but Stevenson, who has already missed much of this campaign because of a knee injury, has been told by medics he has to rest.

Manager Gary Locke said the struggling Gorgie side would feel his absence over the Christmas period.

“It’s a massive blow for us, and for Ryan. He pulled up during the Dundee United match last Saturday so we decided to send him for a scan to get to the bottom of it. We had a niggling feeling that it was something serious, and that was confirmed when the results came back.

“There’s a tear on his hamstring so he’ll miss the next four to six weeks, which is less than ideal. It’s a shame for Ryan.” (The Sun)

BDO hand Locke transfer boost

Administrators BDO have handed Hearts boss Gary Locke a boost after saying he will not have to sell any players in the January transfer window.

There had been fears the club would be forced to move on some of their sellable assets to ease their financial problems, but administrator Bryan Jackson said they have enough money to last until March, meaning there will be no pressure to sell. (Daily Record)

Driver searching for new club

Former Hearts winger Andrew Driver is looking for a new club after being released by Houston Dynamo.

The MLS club confirmed they had turned down the option to re-sign the 26-year old for the 2014 season.

Driver, who has been linked with a switch to the English Championship side Burnley, initially moved to America in February on loan from cash-strapped Hearts before making the deal permanent in the summer. (The Scotsman)

Stevenson admits cup final defeat biggest low

Hibs midfielder Leis Stevenson has admitted the 5-1 Scottish Cup final defeat to Hearts was his biggest low in football.

The player, who has celebrated reaching 200 appearances for the Easter Road Side - the first Hibs player this century to achieve the landmark in a single spell at the club - admitted it had not always been plain sailing.

But he said lows such as the cup final defeat only made him more determined to succeed.

“There have been times when the club’s been brilliant and it’s been a great place to be around, even in the last two cup runs,” he said.

“For any club to get to two Scottish Cup finals in a row is good, even though they didn’t finish the way we wanted them to.”

In Brief:

• Rangers have imposed an indefinite ban on a teenage girl after her involvement in a flare incident that caused damage to Falkirk’s new synthetic pitch last month.

• Celtic manager Neil Lennon accused his player of lacking courage and character after a record-equalling 6-1 Champions league defeat to Barcelona in the Nou Camp.

• Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants his side to forget about who they could face in the last 16 of the Champions League and focus on staying top of the Barclays Premier League at Manchester City.

• Jose Mourinho wants Didier Drogba, who scored the decisive penalty in Chelsea’s 2012 Champions League triumph, to experience a hero’s return to Stamford Bridge in the knockout stages.

• The fans group opposed to a name change for Hull City has accused club owner Assem Allam of bringing forward his plans and not consulting supporters.

• Andre Villas-Boas has challenged Tottenham to finish their Europa League group campaign on maximum points by beating a severely depleted Anzhi Makhachkala side at White Hart Lane.