Jamie Walker admits he didn’t realise just how serious his leg injury was during last week’s win over Motherwell but is now focusing on returning better than ever.
The midfielder was a first-half casualty after denying Well’s Liam Donnelly a certain goalscoring opportunity, taking a whack to the back of his leg in the process.
Scans have shown that the 26-year-old has fractured his left fibula and now faces a spell on the sidelines.
Speaking to HeartsTV, he said: “I think any player in a game, when it’s still the first half and the game is 0-0, you want to try and continue and see how it is but I just couldn’t run it off,” he said. “I’m disappointed. You don’t want to get injured especially so early on in the season.
“I think I had had played two, three or four 90 minutes in a row, was starting to get my fitness back and I had scored a couple of goals. I’m disappointed but there’s not much I can do now.
“I’m on crutches and I’ve got the boot for a couple of weeks, then hopefully I can start doing some upper body stuff to try and keep my fitness up as much as I can.
“I’ll take it from the there, the physios well set me up a program and I’ll do some work with Tom (Taylor, Head of Fitness). There is great medical staff here and hopefully they get me back fit as soon as possible.
“There is great medical staff here and hopefully they get me back fit as soon as possible.”
Though gutted to be missing out on the action so soon after returning to the club, Jamie believes there is a mental strength at the club that will see his teammates give it their all in the name of three points.
“I think the boys are desperate to get a first win in the league, obviously that was a great win in the cup,” he said. “The boys that we’ve got here are mentally strong.
“If we get a few results in the coming games then we can really kick on this season.”
Jamie’s interview is available to watch in full on HeartsTV by clicking here.