Hearts injury woes for Gary Locke

Gary Locke. Picture: SNS

Gary Locke. Picture: SNS


HEARTS manager Gary Locke today bemoaned the continual injuries and suspensions which are affecting his team selection. He must change his side again this weekend when St Mirren visit Tynecastle due to Andy Webster’s suspension and is desperate to find some consistency.

Locke currently has Callum Paterson, Scott Robinson, Marius Zaliukas, Gordon Smith, Danny Grainger and Fraser Mullen out injured. He had been hopeful of having Danny Wilson back following a thigh problem, however the defender is not responding to treatment as well as was expected.

“The thing that disappoints me is I can’t put the same team on the pitch two weeks running and get a bit of consistency,” said Locke. “That’s been the story of our season. We’ve had injuries and suspensions and yet again we have an influential player missing this weekend in Andy Webster.”

Jamie Walker was withdrawn at half-time against Dundee last Saturday after a kick in the back and will be monitored closely by Hearts’ medical staff ahead of the St Mirren match. “Jamie got a kick in the back and couldn’t run it off, so it was an enforced change. That seems to be the way things are happening at the minute,” continued Locke.

Michael Ngoo’s shoulder injury has also yet to heal properly. “Michael had been struggling all last week with his shoulder, it was touch and go whether he was going to play against Dundee,” explained Locke. “One of the doubts we had was whether he would last the 90 minutes. I just felt it was better to try and protect him so that’s why he was taken off when we went down to ten men. Hopefully he’ll be fully fit for this week.”




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