Austin MacPhee has provided a bittersweet injury update on Hearts men Peter Haring, John Souttar and Conor Washington.

All three have been long-term injury absentees this term. Haring hasn’t featured at all, Souttar has not played since the opening day and Washington has only played a handful of Hearts matches.

Souttar’s ankle is causing him major problems. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Interim boss MacPhee says he expects the latter back before the new year, although fans will have to wait for the other two.

He told the Edinburgh Evening News: “Peter has had a small operation – an adductor release – after the alternative approach to try and fix his problem wasn’t deemed successful enough. He still had some pain so he had a small op.

“Washington is out jogging, which is a positive. He will now be building up to sprinting and playing, which is a very important period with a hamstring injury. Souttar is running in the aqua-trainer, so he is not fully weight-bearing yet but he is jogging.

Washington is close. (Photo by Craig Mercer – CameraSport via Getty Images)

“I would hope to see Conor before the January break. I think John and Peter will be after that.”

Good and bad news for Hearts

To have Washington back before the winter break will be good. Even if he doesn’t make too much of an impact, it’ll be good to get some minutes into him before another break.

Injury troubles continue to torment Haring though. There seems to be no easy fix for the pelvis issue that has been bothering him and he’ll be hoping this op can fix that. His last game was the Scottish Cup final.

Troublesome. (photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Souttar meanwhile is arguably Hearts’ biggest asset. To not have him for most of this term has been a blow and they’ll be eager for him to at least be available for selection soon.

Whilst there is some good news for Hearts, it seems like the club will still have players out injured come 2020.

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