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Goncalves still on Hearts outer despite injury crisis

Hearts boss Jim Jefferies will not recall rebel defender Jose Goncalves for the trip to Celtic despite the club's injury crisis deepening. "Am I better to go for a player who wants to play for the club or somebody who convinces me that he doesn't want to be here?" said a visibly irked Jefferies.

"I've seen Jose Goncalves play and he's a good young player.

"I've had four meetings in two days and in those four meetings I'm sitting talking to Jose looking at him, listening to him, getting the vibes that for some reason before I came here, he refused the contract.

"Why does he not want stay at the club? Because he's been made a great, great offer to stay at this football club.

"If he doesn't want to do that, it tells you he doesn't want to play."

He added: "I saw some paper reports say he'd been offered less - it's absolute nonsense.

"He has been made one fantastic offer to stay at this club, let me tell you that."

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