Jason Holt’s hopes fade for semi-final

Hearts' Jason Holt  looks unlikely to face Inverness in the League Cup semi-final. Picture: Phil Wilkinson
Hearts' Jason Holt looks unlikely to face Inverness in the League Cup semi-final. Picture: Phil Wilkinson
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JASON HOLT’S hopes of making Hearts’ League Cup semi-final with Inverness next weekend are fading after manager Gary Locke revealed the midfielder is still suffering discomfort in his injured foot.

Holt has begun light running after breaking a metatarsal bone, but has yet to kick a ball in training. Manager Gary Locke will give Holt every chance to declare himself fit, but today conceded that the 20-year-old is currently “touch and go”.

Holt originally targeted the Easter Road semi-final as the match he wanted to be fit for after breaking his metatarsal in training in November.

The player has recovered from surgery on his foot and had hoped to step up his rehabilitation after beginning running. So far, he has been unable to do so. With Jamie Walker also recovering from the same injury and definitely unavailable for the semi-final, Holt’s prolonged absence would leave Locke without two of his most creative players.

“Jason is back running, but he’s feeling his foot a little bit,” said the manager today. “If he’s running and he feels okay then you push him, but if he’s had an adverse effect then you need to curtail it a bit.

“He will be touch and go abecause the semi-final is just over a week away. If he isn’t kicking the ball by next week then you would have to rule him out.”