Hearts have been given a rare positive injury update, as Craig Halkett is set for a quicker return to action (Daily Record, page 45, 02/10/19).

Initial fears were that Halkett would be missing up until January after he picked up an injury against St Mirren (Edinburgh Evening News). A scan has shown that may not be the case though.

Halkett is out for a while. (photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Whilst he has suffered medial ligament damage, it’s not as bad as first feared.

Hearts should have Halkett back by Christmas

After talk of a new year return, the Jambos defender is now in contention for a return to action come December.

It means he should be back before the winter break, which is a big boost for Craig Levein. Halkett has featured in every league match so far this term.

Levein will not fancy missing Hearts defender Halkett for any length of time. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

He’s proven himself to be a goal threat at the other end, scoring three times during the League Cup group stages.

Whilst it will be great to have Halkett back before the winter break, they’ll still be missing him for a couple of months.

It means he’ll miss key fixtures like the League Cup semi-final and could be missing from tough Premiership games against Motherwell, Kilmarnock and Rangers.

Motherwell and Hearts have one win each over each other this term. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Still, to have him back in 2019 instead of 2020 is great news for Halkett and Hearts.

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