Hearts manager Craig Levein has admitted that he’ll have to play a waiting game to see if Connor Washington is fit for next weekend’s league opener against Aberdeen after suffering an eye injury.

Washington was hurt against Stenhousemuir in midweek and missed today’s game with East Fife, with Levein confirming he had to see a specialist.

4th May 2019, Tynecastle Park, Edinburgh, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Heart of Midlothian versus Kilmarnock; Craig Levein manager of Hearts

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Levein will still have the benefit of working with Washington in training so it’s just a case of waiting for the swelling to go down.

“We will see how it goes. We have to let the swelling go down,” Levein told the Evening News.

“He went to hospital to see the specialist and the word I got was a couple of weeks. He will definitely miss this weekend and we will see how he progresses next week.”

The striker had played in all three of Hearts’ Betfred Cup ties before today as the Jambos look to book their place in the second round.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – APRIL 22: Heart of Midlothian manager Craig Levein looks on during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hearts at Ibrox Stadium on April 22, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

As the likes of Uche Ikpeazu find match fitness it should ease Levein’s worries but he’ll be hoping Washington is available next Sunday.

However, after being bitten after rushing Peter Haring back from injury last season, Levein could just take it easy and let Washington have a little bit extra time and avoid any further complications.

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