Grainger facing long spell out

27 November 2012 10:20
Hearts left-back Danny Grainger is expected to be out for around three months with a knee injury which could yet require surgery.

Grainger suffered a partial tear of his anterior cruciate ligament in Saturday's 0-0 draw at Motherwell and is awaiting news from a consultant before the full prognosis is known. Speaking ahead of Wednesday night's clash with Celtic at Tynecastle, Hearts manager John McGlynn said:

"Danny Grainger has a partial tear of his ACL. We are still waiting on the consultant to give us a bit more information, whether he will need surgery or not.

"We're hoping he's not going to need surgery.

"I'm gutted for Danny that he's going to miss a good part of the season.

"It's a shame. He's a good lad and he's been a good professional for Heart of Midlothian Football Club.

"He's one of our top goalscorers this season with three goals from left-back, which is an excellent return."

Kevin McHattie could deputise for Grainger against SPL champions Celtic, or Ryan McGowan could switch flanks from right-back.

Source: team_talk