Kello exclusion due to "private matter", says Jefferies
Hearts goalkeeper Marian Kello has not been considered for selection of late due to "a private matter", manager Jim Jefferies has said.
The 28-year-old Slovakia international has been a key member of the Hearts side which stand on the verge of clinching third place in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League this term but will not be in the squad for Saturday's match with Motherwell.
Kello has also been troubled with a recent back problem, but Jefferies revealed there were other factors behind his recent absence.
The Hearts boss said: "It's a private matter. About a week after he was out after his back spasm there was a report on something which I discussed with Marian and have done two or three times a week (since).
"When this was brought to our attention I asked him what he thought.
"In the circumstances we decided it would be better if we got it cleared up. Hopefully that will be soon and when it is he'll be back in the team. If that sort of thing is on his mind he wouldn't be in the right frame of mind."