Conor Washington could be a doubt for Hearts’ Premiership opener as striker is referred to specialist


CONOR WASHINGTON could be a doubt for Hearts’ Premiership opener against Aberdeen after suffering a horror facial injury against Stenhousemuir.

The Northern Ireland internationalist suffered the freak damage when the ball ricocheted into the air and struck him in the eye from close range.

Washington was rushed to hospital, with Jambos boss Craig Levein revealing there was visible ‘blood, bruising and swelling’.

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It is understood the former QPR and Sheffield United striker was referred to an ophthalmologist on Thursday – leaving Hearts nervously awaiting the results of the examination.

Washington will almost certainly miss Saturday’s Betfred Cup clash against East Fife and may be touch-and-go for their top-flight curtain-raiser at Aberdeen eight days later.

Speaking after the Stenny game, Levein confirmed: “Conor got a bang on his face and eye and has quite a lot of blood, bruising and swelling on his eye.

“The ball hit him bang in the face before he had a chance to protect himself.

“He was taken to A & E and we’ll have to wait and see what’s happened.”