Hearts will be without Steven Naismith for two months, according to a report. The Scottish Sun has revealed that the player will require an operation on his knee.

Interestingly, the report goes on to reveal that Naismith will return to Norwich City for the operation, before he begins the road to recovery.

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The news is a huge blow to Jambos boss Craig Levein. Naismith has been one of Hearts’ key men this season, scoring 14 goals in 27 appearances.

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The goal return would be even better if not for injury problems suffered by the striker. Naismith now faces a battle to be fit for the Scottish Cup Final, should Hearts get there.

The Jambos face a relatively straightforward route to a potential cup final. They face Partick Thistle in a replay with a potential semi-final against Inverness at stake.

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Perhaps Hearts can get through those games without Naismith. But they would find any potential final against Aberdeen, Rangers or Celtic very tough to navigate without their key striker.

The Scottish Cup Final is on the 25th of May, and Hearts will be hoping that Naismith can play even a cameo role in one of the league games before that.

Perhaps he is most likely to feature on the bench, that is the best that can be hoped for after a knee operation.


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