Kevin Kyle’s career is ‘maybe’ finished

KEVIN Kyle may have to retire because of injury problems, Hearts manager Paulo Sergio admitted yesterday.

The 30-year-old striker has not played since the fourth round of the Scottish Cup last January, and has suffered several setbacks in his attempts to recover from a chronic hip injury. Kyle admitted last autumn that he had fears for his career, and Sergio explained yesterday that medical opinion was divided over what to do next.

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“I don’t know what is the point [we have reached] right now,” the Hearts manager said. “We have different opinions. One says he should get more surgery, then comes another saying he shouldn’t. It’s a big problem with his hip.”

Asked if he feared Kyle’s career may be over, he replied: “Maybe.”

Kyle, who signed a two-year contract in the summer of 2010, was a key player under previous manager Jim Jefferies.