Kevin Kyle unsure over future in football
The Hearts striker admits his career is under threat because of a long-standing hip injury.
Kevin Kyle concedes his future as a professional footballer is in doubt, as he struggles to recover from hip surgery.
The Hearts striker has been absent since January and, having been on course to return in August, aggravated the injury while stretching last month.
Kyle, who moved to Tynecastle from Kilmarnock last year, is now none the wiser as to when he may return to action and admits he is still unsure whether he will play again.
“It is a career-threatening injury I've had and, yes, my career is threatened,” Kyle told the Scottish Daily Mail. “I had a setback four or five weeks ago and right at this moment I have no idea when I will be back.
“It is a case of waiting for it to settle down before I start to try it all again. I have had an injection with a lubricant to put into the joint and it has helped.
“The surgeons have told me I should get back and that I need to be patient..
“But if it all ends next month or next week, then I will feel I've played for some good clubs, won caps and had exciting moments.”
Kyle started his career with Sunderland, spending time on loan with Huddersfield, Darlington and Rochdale before moving to Coventry City in 2006.
Further loan spells with Wolverhampton Wanderers and Hartlepool followed before the Scotland international headed north to sign for Kilmarnock.
Having scored 18 goals in 48 games for the Rugby Park club, Kyle moved to Edinburgh in June 2010 and has played 22 times, scoring 10.