Barrie McKay is set for a spell on the sidelines after injuring his knee at the end of Heart of Midlothian's win over Hibs on Wednesday.

He limped off the pitch at the end of the 1-0 win courtest of a Lawrence Shankland strike. He won't be involved before the winter break.

The creative midfielder returned to action earlier this month and has since made four appearances. However, it will be his third period out since the summer. It is hoped it is not as serious as his previous injury.

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McKay, who has just turned 29, missed most of pre-season and the start of the campaign with an ankle issue. Then in the Conference League play-off with PAOK in August he sustained a knee injury that kept him out for three months.

"Since I've come to Hearts I've never been injured," he said earlier this month. "I've never experienced it before so I have been quite lucky. To get two relatively bad ones straight after each other is probably quite freak. You need to deal with it, it is the risk you take as a footballer that there is always a chance you can get injured.

“I had no idea how long I’d be out. I remember getting the phone call from the physio and my heart just sank a little bit. I had been back a week and played three games. I was fully fit and in squads for a week. That was the hardest thing to deal with."