Injuries are part and parcel of sport. As a young footballer though, there must be nothing more annoying when you feel as though you can contribute to a team but are unable to do so. Fortunately for Hearts’ Harry Cochrane, a good group of teammates are able to lift his spirits.

Harry has to keep grafting

“Rehab’s probably the most important thing when you’re out injured. Even when you’re fully fit, you just need to keep on doing the stuff that the physio gave you and make sure you stay fit once you are fit,” began the 18-year-old.

One of Cochrane’s more impressive Jambos performances this season came up at Dens Park against Dundee back in October as Hearts won 3-0. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

“Obviously, five injuries isn’t staying fit but some of them are unfortunate and you just need to keep working away. I’ve been playing a few reserve games whilst I’ve been out so it’s just all about match fitness now for me I think.”

Super Steven Naismith

At Hearts, there’s a few internationals amongst the ranks. None more important during the youngster’s rehab than Steven Naismith, according to the man himself.

Norwich City loanee Naismith has also has his injury troubles this season, most notably in the Betfred Cup semi-final against Celtic.(Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

“Usually the experienced pros that have probably been through it all, so you just need to talk to them and take on their advice and just see what they’ve been doing when they’ve been injured. It’s usually Naisy,” he claimed.

“Naisy told me, he said ‘If you have a bad day, go and watch yourself on YouTube and see what you can actually do’ so that’s what he told me and it does actually help a lot.

“I used to watch my goal against Celtic at least once a day!”

Harry Cochrane and his Hearts teammates ended Celtic’s 69 game unbeaten domestic run in December 2017. The then 16-year-old opened the scoring in a 4-0 win, becoming Hearts’ youngest league goalscorer ever. (Photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Back with a bang

“Everybody’s playing for their place in the final and hopefully on Sunday (the Edinburgh derby) I’ve shown what I can do and it’s down to the games leading up to the final that you need to show what you’re going to do.

“I’m just looking to make as big an impact as possible in the team and just try and get myself back playing every game, hopefully, for the rest of the season.”

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