FOOTBALL SCOTLAND 🔵 Steven Naismith in quadruple Hearts injury update as Craig Halkett sent for scan – Shango Media
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FOOTBALL SCOTLAND 🔵 Steven Naismith in quadruple Hearts injury update as Craig Halkett sent for scan

Steven Naismith has confirmed that Hearts defender Craig Halkett has been sent for a scan to discover the extent of his latest injury.

The stopper, 28, was forced off just 26 minutes into Sunday’s Scottish Cup clash against Airdrieonians after flagging an issue with his knee. Halkett – who produced a sensational assist for Kenneth Vargas – received medical attention on the pitch but was unable to continue.

It’s a worrying setback for the ex-Livingston centre-back, who has only recently returned to action following a year out with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament. Halkett will undergo a medical examination today as the Jambos nervously await the results.

Edinburgh Evening News: « He is getting a scan today so we will wait and see how that goes. It’s fairly standard. When a player comes off with the feelings he had, the first thing we are going to do is scan it. It’s not the injury he had which kept him out last year, but he was just feeling something in his knee. »

Costa Rican forward Vargas is also nursing an injury problem after being withdrawn at the break at the Excelsior Stadium. Naismith said: « Kenneth came off because he had a tight groin. With the scoreline and where we were in the game, we just felt it was best to do that. He will be assessed over the next couple of days but I would expect him to be training as normal later in the week. »

Meanwhile it’s unclear whether Yutaro Oda will feature against Motherwell this weekend after missing the 4-1 win over Airdrie. The Japanese ace suffered concussion following a head knock in training and Naismith confirmed the club were monitoring his recovery.

He added: « Yutaro was out with concussion. He is going through the concussion protocol. Whether he is available for the weekend or not, we will wait and see how he gets on over the next few days. You can only do a certain amount each day, then the next morning he needs monitored to see how he feels and if he can progress to the next stage. »

Finally, Barrie McKay could be back in action next month after picking up a knee injury in December’s win at Easter Road.

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