The 18-year-old linked up with the East End Park side during the summer along with fellow Jambo Harry Cochrane. McDonald hasn’t featured though due to fitness concerns.
He has made returns to the pitch for Hearts’ Reserves though and returned to Pars training on Monday morning.
Whilst he’s glad to have the young talent back, Crawford says that Dunfermline will have to be careful with McDonald.
“Hearts have given us the green light to have Anthony McDonald back in training,” the Pars boss confirmed.
“With where Anthony is, we probably need to look at him over a period of time. We need to make sure he is comfortable and not going to break down. However, Hearts were happy to send him back here and Anthony came through training on Monday.
It is too early to say everything will run smoothly, but at least Anthony is back on the training ground. I think he is just so keen to get back in amongst it.
“It has been very frustrating for him back at Hearts, but Kevin Bain has a good relationship with the medical staff at Hearts and we did not want to put ourselves in a position where we are looking after him and something can go wrong.
“He is a talented boy. He’s a player who likes to hang out wide and then come in and link up with strikers and he has a through-pass in him. I don’t want to get too excited and put pressure on Anthony though.
“You are probably looking at a prolonged period of him coming through training with no issues at all before we can talk about him challenging for a place in the starting line-up.”