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Sport: Craig Halkett: Hearts defender to have scan as fears intensify over defender's injury against Hibs

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Hearts defender Craig Halkett will have a scan on his ankle at the start of next week after suffering a potentially season-ending injury in the 2-1 Scottish Cup semi-final win over Hibs.

  Craig Halkett: Hearts defender to have scan as fears intensify over defender's injury against Hibs © Hearts' Craig Halkett on crutches at full time after the win over Hibs.

The centre-half, who has been a key part of Hearts’ defence this season, was taken off on a stretcher early in the second half during the derby at Hampden following a tackle by Hibs forward James Scott.

Halkett left the national stadium wearing a protective moon boot and on crutches and Hearts are concerned about the nature of the injury.

“Craig is going to get a scan,” said Hearts manager Robbie Neilson. “He rolled his ankle so we need to wait and see how bad it is."

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Hearts have been plagued by injury issues all season in defence, with fellow centre-half John Souttar – who joins Rangers in the summer – recovering from an ankle injury, while right-back Michael Smith has also missed chunks of the season due to injury. That duo, along with Halkett, are now in a race against time to make the Scottish Cup final against either Celtic or Rangers on Saturday, May 21.

“Winning the semi-final allows us to aim for the final now,” added Neilson. “I expect John Souttar to be back, I expect Michael Smith to be back for it as well.

“I expect all the guys who picked up knocks to make it – potentially not Halkett, but he now has a carrot to try and get there.”

Hearts return to action next Sunday when they travel to Tannadice to face Dundee United in the cinch Premiership.

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Hearts concerned over Craig Halkett absence as nature of defender's injury is confirmed .
Hearts will send defender Craig Halkett for a scan on his injured ankle in the next 48 hours.He left the stadium on crutches with his leg in a protective boot, but all concerned are hoping any damage sustained is only minor. Halkett slid in for a challenge with the Hibs forward James Scott early in the second half and seemed to catch his ankle on the turf.

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