Robbie Neilson will be without three of his first-team stars for this weekend’s match against Raith Rovers.
Adam Eckersley will sit out the visit of the Kirkcaldy side, and the following game against Cowdenbeath, after the club accepted the offer a two-game ban from the SFA’s Compliance Officer.
The head coach has suffered a further double blow with both Neil Alexander and Billy King going under the surgeon’s knife this week, meaning their season is over.
Speaking exclusively to HeartsTV, Robbie said: “Neil’s been struggling on with a broken finger. It’s been difficult for him, he’s been training when he could and getting painkilling injections to try and get him through the games.
“We just felt that once we got through the Hibs game then it would be good to get him put in, and he went for an operation yesterday and got the bone reset. He’ll be fine for pre-season.
“We decided a while ago that we would put Billy in once we were over the line in the league. He’s had a problem for a while and during the season he had breaking down now and again with a problem with his ankle.
“We felt it’s a good time - the close season - to get it sorted because it’s something that could carry on throughout the rest of his career. We took the decision to take him out the last few games to get it sorted early so he’s back for pre-season.”
Robbie’s interview is available to watch in full on HeartsTV where discusses upcoming changes for the visit of Raith Rovers, and why the club accepted Eckersley’s offer of a two-game ban.