Hearts midfielder Neil McCann could be out for six months after suffering a double leg break during yesterday's 5-0 defeat to Celtic at Parkhead.
The former Rangers and Southampton star, who came on as a half-time substitute, sustained the injury in a challenge with Celtic midfielder Scott Brown leaving the visitors to finish the match with 10 men.
McCann was attended to by Hearts doctor Dewar Melvin, head physio Davie Henderson and paramedics at Celtic Park before being transferred to Glasgow Royal Infirmary where x-rays identified broken tibia and fibula bones.
The 33-year-old will undergo an operation later today and assistant coach Stephen Frail told Hearts News: 'This is clearly very bad news for Neil and we feel for him.
'I know everyone wishes him a speedy recovery from this.
'Whilst it is very early to put a timescale on Neil's recovery it is believed he could be out of action for around four to six months.''