Hearts winger David Smith will miss four to six weeks of football with a fractured knee, the club revealed today.
The player has been ordered to rest after scans detected a hairline fracture, which merely adds to manager Gary Locke’s selection problems ahead of Saturday’s trip to Inverness.
Jason Holt and Jamie Walker are both still recovering from broken metatarsals, whilst Callum Paterson and Kevin McHattie are suspended this weekend.
Smith has been in fine form for Hearts since the turn of the year but sustained his injury during the League Cup semi-final against Inverness and had to be substituted at half-time.
“It’s a massive blow for the lad as I thought he had being doing fantastic for us recently,” Locke told the club website.
“The problem flared up after some gym work and we sent him for a scan yesterday. He doesn’t require any surgery and just has to rest then things should settle down. We are looking at around four to six weeks, though, which is a big blow at this stage of the season.”