Steven Naismith confirms Hearts pair will not play for club again this season in injury blow

Steven Naismith has confirmed that neither Liam Boyce nor Craig Halkett will feature for Hearts again this season.

Both players are back in training for the club but Naismith insists it makes more sense for the pair to take their time before rushing back from long-term problems that have kept them sidelined for some time. Centre-half Halkett last appeared in a Scottish Cup outing against Airdrieonians where he re-injured his knee back in February. Boyce, meanwhile, has been missing with a hamstring problem since December away to Kilmarnock.

Naismith knows how close they are to making a proper comeback on the pitch but he understands the campaign is likely to be finished before they are fully fit.

“Boyce and Halkett are fully back in training but I don’t think they will be considered this season,” Naismith explained to the Edinburgh News. “There won’t be enough time. We have two and a bit weeks left and they have only trained fully for a week. They have been out for a long period of time, so by the time they get to the stage where you would normally consider them for a game it’s going to be the end of the season.

“That’s the reasoning behind it. There just isn’t enough time for them. We would very rarely risk somebody who is feeling a niggle. With any long-term injuries, there is a programme for them to follow to come back. If this was September, they still wouldn’t be considered for the next two weeks or so anyway.”