Owner Of A Broken Hart

Last updated : 27 January 2006 By Stand Free Ed
Michael Hart was Aberdeen's Mr Consistency last season with a string of accomplished and solid performances at right-back that saw the Dons' defence one of the meanest in Scotland.

This season however has seen him consistently frustrated in his attempts to recover from a groin injury.

Now the club have revealed that his season is over after the defender made the decision to have surgery on the injury which has kept him sidelined since November.

The 25-year-old has played only four games this term and was told by specialists he had two options.

The first was to rest and hope the injury would heal itself before the end of the season.

The alternative was to have an operation and accept he would not play again this season due to the recovery time.

Aberdeen manager Jimmy Calderwood said: "Michael has decided to have the operation and, hopefully, that will provide a permanent solution.

"He will have the surgery in the next week or two.

"If he plays before the end of the season it will be a bonus but we're looking at pre-season for him to return. It is a blow because Michael, with his pace, is an important player for us."