There’s talk of a return to Hearts in the air- but Anthony McDonald isn’t bothered by that whilst he’s trying to contribute at Dunfermline.

The teenager moved to East End Park on loan alongside Hearts teammate Harry Cochrane on a temporary basis in the summer. Due to injury though, McDonald is yet to feature in Championship action.

McDonald is on loan at Hearts from Dunfermline. (Photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

A troublesome back problem has disrupted his minutes but he’s back in the fold now. Whilst his adopted club Dunfermline are fighting for Premiership promotion, his parent club are fighting the drop a league above.

A new manager in Daniel Stendel has arrived as Hearts find themselves 11th in the Premiership. The German has said he may be looking to take McDonald back to Tynecastle as he assesses his Hearts options.

It isn’t fazing the teenager though, who says he’s happy to be back after injury: “It’s been good, we’ve did well over the past couple of weeks. Obviously Dundee was a disappointment. I think that the way we fought back is a sign we’re all switched on.

They currently sit third. (Photo by Robbie Boyd)

“I feel fine. I’ve not played in a while but I can understand why I’ve not had a chance. It’s been frustrating, I didn’t think it was going to be this long. I’ve worked hard to get back to full fitness and I’m ready to go now.

“I was back at Hearts for my rehab and then I came straight back to Dunfermline. I had bulging discs in my back, but I’m just happy that was gone. It was really awkward more than anything.

“I’ve seen the stuff in the papers (about a return to Hearts) but that’s just paper talk. Nothing’s been cemented but I’m just concentrating on trying to get games here. Whether I get recalled in January, I don’t know.”

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