Hearts have been handed yet another injury blow, this time in the form of a Craig Halkett ligament issue.

The Jambos defender has started the season well following his move from Livingston. In what has been a poor start for the Jambos, the defender has shone brightly.

Halkett has impressed since his move to Gorgie. (Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images)

He was taken off during their clash with St Mirren yesterday though and now Levein fears he will be missing for a while after suffering a suspected medial ligament injury.

Levein told the Daily Record (page 72, 29/08/19): “He could be out for quite a while. It is months not weeks. He had the captain’s armband due to his performances and it is a big blow. I feel so sorry for him.

“He had stepped up and got into his groove and was becoming a really important player for us.”

Another injury for Hearts and Halkett will be missed

It’s only seven games into the league season and already Halkett has been handed the Tynecastle captaincy. It’s a big sign of how much Levein trusts his relatively new defender.

Halkett will be a big miss for Hearts. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

This is a big blow for him and Hearts. Halkett had been a big player in defence, bringing leadership and awareness to the back four, whilst also possessing all-round defensive skills.

Halkett’s a dab hand going forward too, netting three goals and notching three assists from centre-back this term.

He’s a big player for them and adds to the Jambos’ injury woes, which have plagued the team this season.

Injuries have hampered the Jambos. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

They are missing John Souttar, Peter Haring, Craig Wighton, Ben Garuccio, Steven Naismith, Conor Washington, Jamie Walker, Loic Damour and now Halkett through injury.

It’s a blow for Hearts but hopefully Halkett isn’t missing for too long.

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