Hearts defender Michael Smith faces eight weeks on the sidelines after it was confirmed that he has torn his thigh muscle.

The defender was injured during the Scottish Cup win over junior side Auchinleck Talbot and will now miss the quarter-final tie with Partick Thistle – as well as vital league games.

20th January 2019, Tynecastle Park, Edinburgh, Scotland; Scottish Cup football fourth round, Heart of Midlothian versus Livingston; Craig Levein manager of Hearts at full time shakes hands with John Daly (

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Jambos boss Craig Levein confirmed it will keep him out of action for a while and revealed the injury was more complicated than thought.

 

“It’s probably eight weeks we’re looking at,” Levein told the Edinburgh Evening Times.

“He has torn his tight muscle, it’s a grade two tear but there’s a bit of tendon damage as well so it’s a bit more complicated. It will keep him out for a fairly lengthy period of time.”

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 10: Jamie Glasgow of Auchinleck Talbot runs with the ball under pressure from Michael Smith of Hearts during the Scottish Cup 5th Round match between Heart of Midlothian and Auchinleck Talbot at Tynecastle Stadium on February 10, 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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Smith has been one of Hearts’ most consistent performers over the course of the season and has helped them to fifth in the Scottish Premiership.

With only a handful seperating the Jam Tarts and third, losing Smith will be a massive blow.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 07: Ryan Kent of Rangers vies with Michael Smith and Arnaud Djoum of Heart of Midlothian during the Scottish Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Hearts at Ibrox Stadium on October 7, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Marcus Godinho seems like the obvious replacement for Smith and the Canadian international is a strong understudy to have.

Hearts haven’t had their troubles to seek with injuries this term and Smith’s is just the latest in a string which have disrupted their campaign.

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