Hearts striker Steven Naismith’s season looks like it could be over after reports he needs to see a surgeon over a knee problem – but should the Jambo’s withdraw their contract offer to the striker?

According to Edinburgh Live, Naismith will travel to see the surgeon who previously operated on him after limping out of the recent defeat by Celtic.

20th January 2019, Tynecastle Park, Edinburgh, Scotland; Scottish Cup football fourth round, Heart of Midlothian versus Livingston; Liam Kelly of Livingston makes a save from Steven Naismith of Hearts header

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If the veteran striker needs to go under the knife, it will be the second time this season and, with both his Hearts loan deal and Norwich City contract up at the end of the season, leaves serious question marks about his status for next season.

Hearts confirmed they have made an offer to Naismith while there’s also an offer on the table from MLS for the 32-year-old.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 28: Steven Naismith of Heart of Midlothian F.C. receives medical treatment during the Betfred Scottish League Cup Semi Final between Heart of Midlothian FC and Celtic FC on October 28, 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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But if there are serious concerns about his long-term fitness then it might be best for Hearts to withdraw their offer.

The former Rangers striker will almost certainly be one of the highest earners at Hearts if he signs a permanent deal.

Craig Levein’s side would be far better served using that elsewhere to strengthen their side.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 22: Steven Naismith of Heart of Midlothian vies with Declan John of Rangers during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hearts at Ibrox Stadium on April 22, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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While it’s clear Naisy has made a big difference to the Jambos, it he can’t stay fit then it would be a massive gamble.

He’s now had several knee surgeries over his career and it isn’t a great sign that he could need two in less than a year – even if they are relatively minor.

It might not be the most popular move for Hearts fans but it makes most sense for the team Levein can put out on the pitch.

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