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Smith joins list on sidelines at Hearts

GARY LOCKE, the Hearts manager, has been left without half of his team for Saturday's match at Inverness after David Smith was ruled out for six weeks with a hairline knee fracture.

This latest setback means the club will make the journey north without five recognised first team players, with Jason Holt - though he is back training - and Jamie Walker still out injured and Kevin McHattie and Callum Paterson unavailable through suspension.

Smith was forced off at half-time with a knee injury during the recent League Cup semi-final defeat to Inverness Caledonian Thistle and was sent for a scan earlier this week after the problem flared up in training. "It's a massive blow for the lad as I thought he had being doing fantastic for us recently," said Locke.

"The problem flared up and we sent him for a scan. [But] he doesn't require surgery and just has to rest then things should settle down."

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