Hearts captain Danny Wilson faces an intense period of rehabilitation in an attempt to be fit for crucial matches next month.
A recurrence of his hamstring injury saw the defender sent for a scan and he is now battling to be available for upcoming games against Raith Rovers, Falkirk and Rangers.
Hearts hope there is a slim chance he will make next weekend’s match with Raith at Tynecastle, but fears are the injury may keep him out for longer. Wilson first aggravated the problem against Alloa earlier this month and sat out the 5-1 win over Dumbarton to ensure he played against Hibs in Sunday’s Edinburgh derby. However, he further aggravated the injury in the 1-1 draw at Easter Road and was substituted after 58 minutes.
“Danny had a problem at Alloa and we managed to get him back for the derby,” said the Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson. “I was hopeful we’d get the full game out of him, but he felt it again and we didn’t want to take any risks. We don’t want to rush him because he’s a big player for us.”
Hearts medical staff will now work closely on rehabilitation exercises with the player in order to get him fit again as soon as possible. Rangers arrive in Edinburgh for a potential top-of-the-table Championship meeting on November 22. Hearts will not rush Wilson, but they would like him available for that game as it could be pivotal in their attempts to win the title.