Kevin in line for surgery

Kevin Kyle could have to consider surgery to cure his groin problem according to Jim Jefferies. The striker, who has scored 10 goals this season, has missed the last five games after being substituted during the Scottish Cup loss to St Johnstone on 11 January. His groin problem has been treated with injections and Jefferies hopes it is improving, but the Scotland striker could yet go under the knife.

Jefferies said: "We're keeping our fingers crossed that if he doesn't make Saturday, he'll be back fairly soon. We're trying to hold off an operation, so there have been a series of injections which have taken a little bit of time to get to the part that's causing the problem. The worst scenario is if there's no improvement we may have to be forced to go down the line of an operation. We're keeping our fingers crossed that doesn't happen."

Saturday will see Andy Webster in the squad for the away game against Hamilton at New Douglas Park. The defender could make his second Hearts debut after returning to Tynecastle last week following being released by Rangers. Jefferies added: "He's a quality player. When he went on loan to Dundee United last season he was outstanding and had great success. We're delighted to have him back, so far in training he's been excellent."