Hearts received a boost this week when long-term injury victim John Souttar made a return to first-team training.
However, the 24-year-old is highly unlikely to play any football for the Tynecastle club this season, as he bids to overcome two major Achilles injuries.
Aim should be to be fit for start of next season
The plan should be to get the player fit again for the start of next season, when it seems highly likely that Hearts will be back in the Premiership.
If Souttar can get fully fit and return to the Hearts starting line-up, then he could be a vitally important player for the Tynecastle club next season.
Robbie Neilson will not want to rush the player back to fitness. He will want to make sure that a player that has not featured since February 2020 takes time to get back to full fitness.
However, it would be a real boost for Hearts that when the first game of next season is played, Souttar is in the starting line-up.
Has played for Scotland in the past
It should be remembered that Souttar has performed so well for Hearts that he has played for Scotland whilst at Tynecastle. Who knows, perhaps once he gets fit again he could make a return to the Scotland squad. That could be an aim of the player’s in the future.
When all of Hearts’ players are fully fit, there is an argument to be made that Souttar would be in the starting line-up of their best team.
He will be hoping to prove that next season. Should he manage to get back to what is considered fully fit, Souttar could star once more. It could take some time, but don’t write the player off.