MIDFIELD star Jamie Barjonas is a major fitness doubt for Kelty Hearts’ Scottish Cup tie with St Johnstone on Saturday.

The former Rangers player, who has made 22 appearances since signing in the summer, could miss out on the match after suffering a hamstring injury in the recent win at Stirling Albion.

Barjonas, 22, missed the weekend draw with Edinburgh City after being forced off early at Forthbank, a fate that also befell central defender, Dougie Hill.

Thomas Reilly, who made his first start since the opening day win over Cowdenbeath after recovering from a hamstring injury, also went off injured in that game and was another absentee against the capital club.

Speaking to Times Sport, boss Kevin Thomson said: “We’re suffering a wee bit when it comes to Covid and injuries, but it will be the same for everybody else.

"We just need to keep on trusting the group, we need to keep on looking after players that need looking after, and we need to keep on going.

“Barjo came off after 10 minutes with a hamstring injury, so to play seven days later was near impossible. I would say they’re both (Barjonas and Hill) major doubts for the game.”

Thomson, meanwhile, was left to rue his side letting a two-goal lead slip with 15 minutes to against Edinburgh, and felt his team’s game management should have been better.

“We started to make bad decisions. We couldn’t string two passes together,” he said.

“It’s got to hurt. We’ve now picked up four points out of nine which, in my opinion, is not good enough.”