Teenage Hearts striker Rory Currie is out for the rest of the season after rupturing his lateral knee ligament, the Evening News can reveal.
The player sustained the injury during Monday night’s Under-20 victory against Falkirk at Ochilview.
Scans have confirmed the damage and medical staff at Riccarton have prepared Currie for a rehabilitation period of around six months. He is likely to undergo surgery before recovering over the Christmas period.
Currie was substituted after going down in the 61st minute of Monday evening’s youth game. He has made only two senior appearances for Hearts this season after playing 13 times last term.
He will not be rushed back and is realistically expected to be missing from Craig Levein’s first-team squad until the start of next season.
On a more positive note, midfielder Harry Cochrane is back training after injuring his knee against Ross County last Saturday. Defender Aaron Hughes, suffering from a tight calf, missed training earlier this week, whilst striker Kyle Lafferty is still recovering from a virus.
Levein will decide later this week whether any or both of his Northern Ireland internationalists are fit to face Hamilton Academical at Tynecastle Park on Saturday.
Centre-back John Souttar is available again following a severe bout of concussion. He is poised to slot into Hughes’ position in defence. “John is fine. He has trained and he’s okay for the weekend,” said Levein.