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Knee operation forces Hearts' striker Kevin Kyle out

Kevin Kyle
Kyle requires a small operation on a persistent knee injury

Hearts striker Kevin Kyle is likely to miss the start of the season as he requires an operation on a knee injury.

The new signing from Kilmarnock missed the club's pre-season training camp following an initial procedure.

"The mesh which keeps it (the knee) reinforced came away a wee bit so he needs a small operation to tighten that up," said manager Jim Jefferies.

"They thought they would get away with an injection so we're back to what we should have maybe done at the start."

Kyle rejected a big-money offer from a club in Greece before signing a two-year contract with Hearts after leaving Kilmarnock at the end of last season.

The 28-year-old Scotland striker has been re-united with Jefferies, who took him to Rugby Park.

"He'll be a miss for the start of the season but you never know," added Jefferies on the Edinburgh club's website.

"Even if I could get him handy for the bench if I needed him to come on, if he could not manage 90 minutes."

The Tynecastle club lost 3-1 to Dunfermline in a pre-season friendly on Tuesday at East End Park.

After the match, Jeffries admitted that he has made inquiries about bringing in another player to the squad, but declined to say who.

Jefferies is still missing Ruben Palazuelos, Gary Glen, Jason Thomson and Andrew Driver through injury.

However, Lee Wallace has recovered from a calf injury and has been named in the squad to travel to England for friendlies against Gillingham and Millwall.

Polish midfielder Adrian Mrowiec will also feature as Jefferies weighs up a contract offer, but Finland international Kari Arkivuo has returned home after his trial spell.

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see also
Kyle signs two-year Hearts deal
03 Jun 10 |  Hearts
Aberdeen give up on Kyle signing
01 Jun 10 |  Aberdeen

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