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Hearts have been hit with a major blow after confirming attacking midfielder Ryan Stevenson could be out of action for as long as six weeks.

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Ryan Stevenson: Injury blow

Ryan Stevenson: Injury blow

The former Ipswich forward hobbled off 15 minutes from the end of Saturday's 4-1 defeat to Dundee United after pulling up with a hamstring problem.

He underwent a scan on Tuesday and Hearts boss Gary Locke's worst fears were confirmed on Wednesday when it emerged that the talisman has a tear on his hamstring, which means another spell on the sidelines.

The 29-year-old has already missed two months of action with a knee injury and his lay-off leaves Locke with just two other players older than the administration-hit club's squad average of 22.

The manager told Hearts' official website: "It's a massive blow for us and for Ryan. He pulled up during the Dundee United match last Saturday so we decided to send him for a scan to get to the bottom of it. We had a niggling feeling that it was something serious and that was confirmed when the results came back.

"There's a tear on his hamstring so he'll miss the next four to six weeks, which is less than ideal. It's a shame for Ryan as he's not long returned from a long spell out.

"One good thing though is that the lad is a quick healer, so hopefully he gets a bit of rest and then we can manage his return."

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