Injury update on six Hearts players including latest on John Souttar

Hearts are still assessing the full extent of all six injuries suffered in Saturday’s draw with Dundee United at Tannadice.

Wednesday, 9th March 2022, 10:33 am
Updated Wednesday, 9th March 2022, 12:15 pm

Riccarton officials are waiting to see how defender John Souttar progresses over the next 48 hours. He sustained an ankle knock during the second half on Tayside and was put in a protective “moon boot” as a precaution. Suggestions of another long-term Achilles injury have been dismissed by Hearts, however.

Souttar remains a doubt for this weekend’s Scottish Cup quarter-final against St Mirren, as is midfielder Cammy Devlin. The Australian was withdrawn with a hamstring problem against United and will be assessed ahead of Saturday night’s tie at Tynecastle Park. He is rated touch-and-go.

Left-back Alex Cochrane will be absent due to concussion protocol. He went off with a head knock during the United match and is therefore obliged to sit out all contact sporting activity for ten days.

John Souttar suffered an ankle injury in Hearts' 2-2 draw at Dundee United.

Winger Gary Mackay-Steven is also out with a broken hand which prompted his early substitution. He is due to visit a specialist for a more detailed evaluation of the problem.

Full-back Nathaniel Atkinson, withdrawn at half-time on Saturday, has a good chance of making the squad for this weekend. He had a minor knock which flared up during the 2-2 draw.

Another wide player, Josh Ginnelly, limped from the field at full-time after being attended to by Hearts medical staff. He is expected to train in the next couple of days and should be available to face St Mirren.

Midfielders Beni Baningime and Peter Haring are both expected to be ready despite slight niggles as Hearts aim to secure a place in the Scottish Cup semi-finals.

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