CRAIG LEVEIN has confirmed Hearts will be without Olly Lee for Saturday’s Cup Final against Hearts after the midfielder suffered an injury at Celtic Park last weekend.
The defender twisted his knee on the Parkhead surface with nobody around him and the damage done means he will miss the showpiece event.
Oli has made 38 appearances for the Jambos this season and would have most likely started the final if he had been fit.
Craig Levein could not hide his disappointment at losing his midfielder to injury as te Hearts Boss spoke to the media ahead of Saturday’s final.
“Its hugely disappointing news for us, and especially for Olly,” Levein told Football Scotland.
“He twisted his knee on the pitch with nobody around him on Sunday and at the time it didn’t look too good, now we know that he’ll be out for around ten weeks.
“Missing out on a cup final is hard to take so Olly now has to focus on his rehab and target making a comeback for the beginning of the next league campaign.
“We’ll continue to monitor the progress of Peter Haring and Arnaud Djoum this week, and I expect Harry Cochrane to return from illness, so we will have options in midfield for Saturday’s game.”
Celtic have their own injury concerns with Scott Brown still not out the woods after suffering a broken toe. The Celtic captain missed out on Sunday’s final SPFL game because of the injury and came out to lift the trophy wearing sandals.
Neil Lennon hasn’t ruled him out at all at this point.