DOUBLE leg-break victim Craig Gordon is facing A YEAR out through injury.

Hearts’ Scotland international keeper was involved in a horrific collision with Steven Fletcher during the Tynecastle side’s 2-2 draw with Dundee United at Tannadice at the weekend.

Gordon, who will turn 40 on Hogmanay, faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines with former St Johnstone netminder Zander Clark stepping up in his enforced absence.

SAFE HANDS…Craig Gordon in action for Scotland against Ukraine in September.

Robbie Neilson will now rush the Scotland squad shotstopper into his team after he made his first appearance of the campaign when he replaced the crocked Gordon following the unfortunate collision in the 76th minute.

Ironically, Clark will make his first start for the Edinburgh club against his former team at McDiarmid Park tomorrow night.

Neilson said: “The reason we brought Zander in was because with Craig we hoped to be resting him, but he will be out for a longer period.

“It gives Zander the chance to come in. He is an international goalkeeper and I’m sure he will look forward to it.”

Clark quit Callum Davidson’s team in the summer when his contract expired and moved to Tynecastle to provide back-up and competition for Gordon.

The Edinburgh men do not have a great record in Perth and Neilson, speaking to the Daily Record, added: “They are much improved and they are doing very well at the moment.

“It will be a tough game because it always is. We haven’t won many games up there, but if we play football the way we can and we can do it for the majority of the game then we should have enough, but we need to do that.

“It would be great to finish the year on a high and in third position. It would allow us to kick on.”


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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