A BROKEN metatarsal bone has sidelined Hearts midfielder Jason Holt until after Christmas, leaving manager Gary Locke once again cursing his luck with injuries.
Holt landed awkwardly in training at Riccarton yesterday and will now miss between six and ten weeks of football, including the busy festive period.
Locke’s squad is already worryingly thin given Hearts are unable to sign players whilst in administration and have relied on youth academy players to fill their first-team squad this season. Holt’s absence is therefore considered a major blow. He has featured in 15 of Hearts’ 16 matches in all competitions so far this season.
“Jason landed awkwardly in training and said he felt something go in his foot. There was nothing in it but he limped off and was in some pain,” Locke told his club’s website. “We had him scanned and he’s broken the first metatarsal and the bad news is we’re looking at him being out for six to ten weeks.
“We always knew injuries would be a problem for us this season given the size of squad we have but there’s nothing we can do about it and we’ll just have to get on with things. It will give an opportunity for others but we don’t have too many options to be fair.”
Hearts welcome German Bundesliga club Wolfsburg to Tynecastle tonight for a fund-raising friendly match. Club officials are hoping to see a healthy crowd in attendance.
“The main aim is to raise as much money as we can,” said Billy Brown, Locke’s assistant. “The supporters have been fantastic, they have kept this club going. As far as the game is concerned it will be difficult. Wolfsburg beat Borussia Dortmund at the weekend and they got to the final of the Champions League. So it’s a great chance to see a top team and for our players to test yourself against these kind of players.
“We’re struggling a bit because we’ve got guys away with the Scotland Under-21s, but it’s still exciting because they’re one of the top teams in Germany. The last German team to play at Tynecastle was Stuttgart. That was a fantastic night, we won 3-2 and, although they went through on away goals, there was a great atmosphere.”
This evening’s game kicks off at 7.30pm and supporters can buy tickets up until kick-off. These are priced at £15 for adults, £7 for concessions and £2 for under-12s. They are available from the ticket centre at Tynecastle.