Hearts boss tips John Souttar to bounce back from injury

Hearts boss Ian Cathro believes John Souttar can come back better than ever from his injury nightmare.

John Souttar suffered an Achilles injury against Celtic. Picture: PA
John Souttar suffered an Achilles injury against Celtic. Picture: PA

The Jambos defender had to be stretchered off during Sunday’s 4-0 defeat at Celtic Park after suffering a suspected ruptured Achilles.

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The worst-case scenario would see the Scotland Under-21 cap ruled out for a year.

Cathro admits that would be a bitter blow for a player who has been tipped as a future candidate for Gordon Strachan’s full international squad.

He said: “We are still going through the consultations and things but it doesn’t look like it’s a great situation.

“We’re still checking up some things but he has an Achilles problem for sure.

“Will he miss the rest of the season? That’s a possibility.

“The situation with John is one where his career will flourish, irrespective of what has happened.

“He is a very talented, a very motivated young player. He also has a very strong mind, he’s had to deal with some bits and pieces of flak and frustration, even from his time at Dundee United.

“That was a bit of a challenge for him but he is a strong young man having dealt with that.

“We need to give him time to address exactly what the situation is. Hopefully it’s not that bad.”