It is fair to say that it is not been the best start to the season for Hearts. Going into the international break, Craig Levein’s side sit joint bottom of the Premiership.
They have also gone 11 games without a win in the league, which is a very poor record. However, one of the few bright spots this season has been the form of summer signing Conor Washington.
Decent scoring return for struggling side
The striker has scored two goals and has one assist in eight games so far this season. That is a decent return for a side struggling at the foot of the table.
If he can find the back of the net with a bit more regularity, Hearts could get out of this early season trouble they find themselves in.
Another player who will be vital to the Tynecastle side this season is Steven Naismith. The striker has one goal in three games since returning from a knee injury.
Should Naismith keep fit this season, he could easily hit double figures for the Tynecastle side. The importance of these players is paramount to hearts.
That is why Hearts fans and manager Craig Levein will be keeping a close eye on how the duo fair on international duty.
Duo could face four games
Washington has been called up for the Northern Ireland squad for the matches against Luxembourg and Germany. Meanwhile, Naismith is in the Scotland squad for the games against Russia and Belgium.
Hearts fans will be hoping that both players feature for their countries, but that most importantly neither player picks up an injury.
If either player picked up an injury, it would be a real blow for Hearts in their battle to get their season back on track.
Should the duo manage to navigate the four games, it will be good news for all at Tynecastle, the fans and the management included.