After watching teammate after teammate fall to injury, Michael Smith is struggling to work out why Hearts keep suffering so many injuries.
Loic Damour and Craig Halkett were both substituted with injury during the Jambos’ 0-0 draw with St Mirren. Halkett’s knock is another serious one, with the defender set be missing until at least January (Edinburgh Evening News).
He joins a long list of Hearts players on the treatment table and Smith admits the full situation is perplexing.
The Northern Ireland international told the Scottish Daily Mail (pullout, page 4, 30/09/19): “It must just be bad luck.
“We have had the training pitches tested for hardness, they are perfect. We have no complaints about training pitches.
“I can’t put my finger on it. No one can, otherwise we would have changed something to cut them out. It is not going away.”
Hearts have been ravaged by injury
Smith himself has been hit with the Jambos injury curse. He was missing for a couple of games after picking up a knock away to Celtic back in August.
In addition to Damour and Halkett, Craig Levein is already missing Jamie Walker, Conor Washington, Ben Garuccio, Peter Haring, Steven Naismith and John Souttar.
That’s not even including the likes of Smith, Joel Pereira and Callumn Morrison, who have missed a couple of games with injury.
It isn’t helping Levein win over the support. Whilst there’s not much he can do personally about the injuries, he needs his best players back so they can start to put together some decent form.
Hearts have been very unlucky on the injury front and Smith will just be hoping to play alongside side some of his influential teammates sooner rather than later.