Hearts reveal the extent of Stephen Kingsley's injury

Hearts hope to strengthen their defence by welcoming left-back Stephen Kingsley back from injury before the season ends.

Monday, 29th March 2021, 8:00 am
Hearts defender Stephen Kingsley has a groin injury.

He sustained a groin injury against Arbroath a week past Saturday and missed subsequent defeats against Brora Rangers and Queen of the South.

Medical staff have predicted a three-to-four-week absence for the 26-year-old and Hearts manager Robbie Neilson is hopeful he will return in time to face Alloa next month.

Kingsley is a first-choice in defence and his absence – along with those of goalkeeper Craig Gordon and right-back Michael Smith – has been keenly felt in the last two matches.

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“We're hoping to get him back before the end of the season,” Neilson told the Evening News. “Potentially, it might be Alloa or maybe the game after that [against Morton].

“We're desperate to get him back. The prognosis was around four weeks and he's missed one now so we'll see how he goes.”

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