Hearts striker Steven Naismith will reportedly see a specialist in England on Friday after limping out of last week’s defeat by Celtic and could have played his last game for the Jambos.
According to the Edinburgh Evening News, Naisy will see the same surgeon who has previously operated on him to determine whether he needs to go under the knife again.
The 32-year-old’s loan deal at Tynecastle ends in the summer – as well as his Norwich City contract – but he’s been offered a permanent deal to stay in Gorgie.
Naismith is also mulling over an offer from Major League Soccer to head over the Atlantic in time for the second half of the US season.
He also missed six weeks and required an operation having been hurt after just seven minutes of the League Cup semi-final earlier in the season.
Hearts will be desperate for some good news over Naismith’s fitness as they head into a crucial run of games.
With a Scottish Cup quarter-final replay to come as well as a place in Europe still up for grabs in the league, getting the former Rangers star fit will be crucial.
If he does need to go under the knife – even for a minor operation – it seems unlikely that he’d have much part to play in the remainder of the season.