Hearts striker Soufian El Hassnaoui suffers another injury set-back

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Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson admits luckless striker Soufian El Hassnaoui has suffered another set-back.

The Dutch-Moroccan, who has not played a single game this season due to a series of problems, has aggravated a groin injury and is set to be sent for a scan next week.

El Hassnaoui has been forced to endure various lay-offs since signing a three-year deal with Hearts in summer 2014 in a move from Sparta Rotterdam.

(Pic: Twitter @JamTarts)
(Pic: Twitter @JamTarts)

After undergoing a scheduled groin operation shortly after his arrival, the 26-year-old then went under the surgeon’s knife in November 2014 to mend an ankle complaint.

El Hassnaoui, who has made a total of 19 appearances (10 starts), had a third operation carried out last summer after he damaged knee ligaments in a pre-season clash at Preston.

Neilson said: “Soufian has another issue with his groin and is away for a scan next week.

“It’s just one thing after another for him – it’s a shame.

“He came back into full training and then aggravated it again.

“He’ll get scanned next week, we’ll take a look at it and see where we need to go with him.”

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