Craig Levein’s men currently sit top of the Scottish Premiership, two points above Hibs in second.
They play Aberdeen on Saturday in their first game after the international break – but they’ll have to take on the challenge of Derek McInnes’ men without two of their star players.
And Levein has confirmed that they won’t return until next year.
Speaking at his press conference this morning, the Hearts manager revealed the news:
BREAKING: Craig Levein confirms John Souttar will be out for five months and Uche Ikpeazu will also miss the next five months due to injury. More to follow. pic.twitter.com/lvVGyP17xI
— Heart of Midlothian (@JamTarts) October 18, 2018
That is a huge blow for Levein and Hearts after their superb start to the Scottish Premiership season.
Souttar has picked up a hip injury, while Ikpeazu has injured his foot – with the timescale set on their recovery as five months.
That means they won’t be in action again for the Jambos until at least March of next year.