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By ESPN Staff
Feb 13, 2007

Kurskis injury could prompt Gordon recall to Hearts

Hearts goalkeeper Eduardas Kurskis has suffered a shoulder injury which could open the door for Craig Gordon to return to the first-team squad this weekend.

Kurskis fell awkwardly in the first half of today's 1-0 defeat for Hearts reserves against their Motherwell counterparts.

'It was a bad one,' said Hearts assistant coach Stephen Frail.

'It was a nasty fall that he took, but most of the impact was on his shoulder so he's away with a grazed face and a bad shoulder injury.

'We'll have a look at him tomorrow morning but thankfully there wasn't anything wrong with his neck or his spine.'

Kurskis was able to watch the closing stages of the Fir Park clash but is a major doubt for Saturday's home match against St Mirren in the Bank of Scotland Premier League.

Scotland number one Gordon has been facing competition for his place in the Hearts first team from Steve Banks, who has started the last four matches, and was surprisingly omitted from the matchday squad for Saturday's SPL clash with Inverness Caledonian Thistle, with Lithuanian Kurskis featuring on the bench.

Gordon was kept out of the January 20 match against Falkirk by a groin injury, and then missed the trip to Rangers a week later for 'football reasons' as Hearts attempted to sell him before the transfer deadline.

He was left on the bench for the Tennent's Scottish Cup match at Dunfermline.

Gordon was the subject of interest from Fulham and, according to reports, at least two Russian clubs last month, however a move failed to materialise.

Head coach Valdas Ivanauskas has insisted Gordon will play again for the club and claimed his absence against Inverness was because recent speculation had taken a heavy toll on the 24-year-old.