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Hearts hit by fresh injury blow as Smith ruled out for six weeks with fractured knee

Hearts boss Gary Locke has been rocked by a fresh injury blow after winger David Smith was ruled out for six weeks with a fractured knee.

The 20-year-old was hurt during the first half of the League Cup semi-final against Inverness and failed to reappear for the second half at Easter Road.

Now a scan has now shown a hairline fracture within the knee, and doctors have told Smith rest is the best cure.

Hearts are still battling to escape administration and Locke's paper-thin squad is already without long-term casualties Jason Holt and Jamie Walker.

Locke told the club's website: "It's a massive blow for the lad as I thought he had being doing fantastic for us recently.

"The problem flared up after some gym work and we sent him for a scan (on Tuesday). He doesn't require any surgery and just has to rest then things should settle down.

"We are looking at around four to six weeks, though, which is a big blow at this stage of the season."

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