Hearts winger Billy King set to return at Aberdeen

Billy King. Pic: Phil Wilkinson
Billy King. Pic: Phil Wilkinson
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HEARTS winger Billy King should return from injury against Aberdeen this weekend if he emerges unscathed from tomorrow night’s under-20 match.

The 19-year-old is ready to step up his comeback after a month out with a foot injury by playing against Falkirk at Newtongrange’s Victoria Park (7pm).

Pain from a bruise on his foot has sidelined King since Hearts’ home defeat by St Mirren on October 5. He was ordered to rest by medical staff, but is now preparing to step up his recovery. Provided he suffers no reaction after tomorrow night’s under-20 encounter, he will be in contention for a place against Aberdeen at Pittodrie.

“Billy’s been out for a few weeks so he’ll play for the under-20s tomorrow night. Once he gets a game, he’ll be back in contention for the weekend,” said the Hearts manager Gary Locke. “He’s had a rest and he’s trained for a couple of days.

“He’s still feeling it a little bit, but hopefully he’ll get a good week’s training and get a game in tomorrow and get back in contention. He has a bruise on his foot and every time he pounds on it, it gets worse. We’re looking to get him a run out in a game and hopefully he’ll come through it.”

King’s comeback coincides with Robbie Neilson’s first match in charge of Hearts’ under-20 side. The former Tynecastle captain was due to be unveiled as the club’s new player development manager at a media 
conference this morning. He replaces Darren Murray, who has now joined Coventry City.