Hearts striker Dale Carrick faces up to six weeks out after suffering another hamstring injury.
The problem occurred during Raith Rovers’ Scottish Cup win over Rangers on Sunday and will bring to a premature end his month-long loan at Stark’s Park. The 21-year-old, pictured, was sent for scans by Hearts medical staff and has been told he faces several weeks on the sidelines. He has already spent long spells out this season due to thigh and hamstring problems.
Carrick joined Raith on loan two weeks ago to improve his match fitness. He had been out since October after tearing his hamstring and needed to play, however the agreement with Raith is now likely to end as he undergoes rest and rehabilitation.
This setback is the latest chapter in a nightmare campaign for the young forward. He has been eager to play a part for Hearts as they chase automatic promotion back to the Scottish Premiership but he has managed only six appearances to date.
He spent more than three months out between October and January having torn his hamstring. He also missed month earlier in the season with a thigh problem.