He was hooked just after the hour mark with what looked to be a slight knock. The 33-year-old has only just returned to action for Hearts following a spell out with injury.
Naismith’s moved to calm these fears, insisting that he just turned the wrong way against the Cypriots.
He told the Scottish Daily Mail (page 125, 17/11/19): “It’s all right. It’s just that the turf went away from me. I slid one way and my body went the other. It was sore but, to be fair, I feel fine.
“It’s all good and it was a good night all round for everybody. I’ll definitely be okay to go again on Tuesday.”
“I know my body nowadays and I’m pretty comfortable that I’ll be able to do what I need to recover.”
Naismith has to escape injury or Hearts
It was a historic afternoon in Cyprus for the Hearts man. He captained his country on what was his 50th appearance in front of the Tartan Army, ensuring his place in the Hall of Fame.
It was a worrying sign though for Hearts fans to see Naismith replaced after an awkward incident. Thankfully though the 33-year-old seems ok.
It’ll be interesting to see whether Clarke fields him or not against Kazakhstan. He has Oliver McBurnie and Eamonn Brophy to turn to for alternatives if he isn’t picking the Jambos hitman.
Naismith recently started his first Hearts game since August prior to the international break and Gorgie supporters will hope that his injury problems are behind him for now.