BY DARREN JOHNSTONE – Capital City Press
Hearts defender Juwon Oshaniwa admits he could be facing another spell on the sidelines – despite returning from injury in Saturday’s comprehensive win over Partick Thistle.
The Nigerian cap played the full 90 minutes in the 4-0 victory at Firhill even though he had not fully recovered from the hamstring problem that he sustained against Dundee United a fortnight earlier.
Oshaniwa was more than happy to help out in a defence that was missing captain Alim Ozturk and Blazej Augustyn through injury and suspension respectively as the Edinburgh club climbed above Aberdeen into second in the Premiership.
But the former Ashdod left-back, who sat out the recent matches against Ross County and Celtic, admits he might need a further rest to allow his strain to heal properly.
Oshaniwa – who has again been overlooked by his country for the forthcoming World Cup qualifying double header against Swaziland – said: “I wasn’t fully fit to play the game, but knowing how important the game was to the team’s ambition to climb up the table made me play, and I wasn’t disappointed with the team’s performance.
“It was a massive victory, to God be the glory.
Speaking to africanfootball.com, he added: “But for sure I need to stay out for some time, I will wait for the medics advice after taking like two days’ rest.”