Hearts loanee Paul McCallum returns to West Ham

Paul McCallum failed to score during his time at Hearts. Pic: Ian Georgeson
Paul McCallum failed to score during his time at Hearts. Pic: Ian Georgeson
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Paul McCallum’s loan spell at Hearts is over after the striker returned to West Ham United for treatment on an ankle injury. With just two games remaining this season, he is not expected to return to Edinburgh.

Hearts took the decision to send McCallum back to his parent club after he went over on his ankle during training at Riccarton on Saturday morning. The injury had persisted for several weeks and West Ham’s medical staff will now assess it.

McCallum’s spell at Tynecastle has been dogged with injury problems. A bursa on his heel hindered him initially after he agreed a loan move at the end of January. The ankle problem came soon after and caused him to miss most of the team’s matches during April. Club medics had treated him for several weeks but Hearts have now decided to let him see West Ham’s doctors since he is their player.

McCallum was signed as a replacement for under- 20 midfielder Adam King, who joined Swansea, as Hearts could only sign players on a one-in, one-out basis while in administration.

Manager Gary Locke hoped McCallum could boost his forward line and help the club fight relegation.

The striker made seven appearances in the Scottish Prem-iership, including the Edinburgh derby win over Hibs at the end of March. He returns to London with no goals to his name.

The player tweeted: “Absolutely gutted I wasn’t able to make an impact at Hearts. Nonetheless I enjoyed my time and got to see how great the Hearts fans are.”