Kyle eyes derby return
Kevin Kyle is hoping to make his comeback from injury in the Edinburgh derby against Hibernian next month.
Last Updated: 20/07/11 9:57pm
Hearts striker Kevin Kyle is hoping to make his comeback from injury in the Edinburgh derby against Hibernian next month.
The 30-year-old hit-man is on the mend following a double hernia operation in January, while he has been troubled by a hip problem.
It had been thought Kyle could be an outside shot to play in the club's season-opener against Rangers, but that is no longer a possibility.
Kyle is being more realistic on his comeback date and the former Kilmarnock man hopes to fit enough to tackle Hibs at the end of next month.
"I've pencilled in a wee game against Hibernian at the end of August, so that would be ideal - perfect really, if I was back for that one," he told the club's official website.
"If I could come on and do what I do best, score a last-minute winner, then I'm sure everybody would happy with that and hopefully forget about the last six months."
The Jambos face either Tromso or Paksi in the Europa League third qualifying round next week.
Whilst that tie will come too soon for the big striker, he is hopeful of being available for a play-off round should Hearts progress.
"I hope that whoever it is we play, be it Tromso or Paksi, we get through that tie and by the next round I should be back playing round about then," he concluded.