HEARTS have been dealt another devastating injury blow after Conor Washington was ruled out for three months due to a hamstring tear.
The Northern Ireland internationalist suffered the damage after coming on as a 64th-minute substitute in Saturday’s 3-2 reverse against Motherwell, pulling up lame as he chased a loose ball down the left flank.
Washington’s set-back meant the Jambos finished the game with 10-men as they slumped to a defeat which sent them to the foot of the Championship.
The 27-year-old was swiftly sent for a scan and the results on Tuesday confirmed the Jambos’ worst fears, with the former Sheffield United and QPR marksman set to be sidelined until at least December.
Washington, who has notched two goals in nine outings since his summer, will also miss Northern Ireland’s crucial Euro 2020 qualifiers Holland (twice), Czech Republic and Germany.
Washington joins Jamie Walker, Peter Haring, John Souttar and Ben Garuccio on the treatment table as the Jambos’ injury curse strikes again.
However, it is understood that under-fire Hearts boss Craig Levein is hopeful of having previously crocked trio Steven Naismith, Michael Smith and Joel Periera back for Sunday’s crunch Edinburgh derby against Hibernian.