Kevin Kyle hopes to be fit for first Edinburgh derby

Hearts striker Kevin Kyle
Despite his worst fears, Kyle hopes to be back in a maroon jersey in August

Hearts striker Kevin Kyle is targetting the first Edinburgh derby of the season for his return from injury.

The former Kilmarnock striker has been ruled out for six months with a hip problem.

The 30-year-old has recovered more quickly than expected and is now determined to be fit for the tie against Hibs on 28 August.

"If I could come on and score a last-minute winner, then I'm sure everybody would happy with that," he said.

Kyle felt a pain in his groin in the New Year's Day win over Hibernian, a match in which he scored the winner.

Surgery subsequently identified a hip problem similar to one he suffered when at Sunderland in 2005.

Hearts face either Tromso or Paksi in the Europa League third qualifying round next week.

Kyle will miss that fixture but 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 added.

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