Robbie Neilson has confirmed that John Souttar will require surgery after snapping his Achilles tendon.
The Scotland defender suffered the setback last week with scans confirming he’s facing a lengthy lay off.
Devastated that the influential player will have to undergo another rehab process, the manager insists the club will do everything they can to help him recover, and revealed that he’ll look to bring in defensive cover for the season ahead.
Speaking to Hearts TV, Robbie said: “First and foremost we’re devastated for John. His tendon is gone again so he’s going to go in for an operation on Wednesday and then we can just hopefully get him back as soon as we can.
“It’s been a real blow for both John and the club. Obviously having had it already and just coming back from it, it’s been a tough few days for him, but we’re here to help him.
“He’s got a good family around about him as well. We’ll get him the best care we can get him and hopefully he’ll come back as quickly as he can.
“We’re looking at that (bringing in another defender) at the moment. John was going to be one of our key players when he got back fit but that wasn’t to be at this moment in time, so we have to recruit in that area.
“It’s something we’re actively doing to try and fill that gap.”
Robbie’ interview, where he talks about the first team returning to training and Peter Haring getting in on the action, is available to watch now on HeartsTV by clicking here.