FIFA to make Bjorn Johnsen Hearts decision in next 48 hours

Bjorn Johnsen is raring to go after signing for Hearts weeks ago. Pic: SNS
Bjorn Johnsen is raring to go after signing for Hearts weeks ago. Pic: SNS
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New Hearts striker Bjorn Johnsen could finally make his debut on Saturday, with FIFA set to decide on the legitimacy of his transfer in the next 48 hours.

The governing body have 
indicated that they will 
decide whether to grant 
international clearance for Johnsen today or tomorrow at the latest.

The 24-year-old American – who also holds a Norwegian passport – signed a three-
year contract with the 
Tynecastle club on July 22 after leaving Litex Lovech in 
Bulgaria.

However, FIFA have yet to ratify his move because another Bulgarian club, CSKA Sofia, claim he has a contract with them.

Hearts are confident the move is all above-board and that FIFA will find in their favour. They are eagerly awaiting an international transfer certificate for the player, which would then be forwarded to the Scottish Football Association.

Hearts hope to have Johnsen registered at Hampden Park and in their squad for Saturday’s Premiership match with Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Head coach Robbie Neilson admitted the player is desperate to begin his career in Scotland after a frustrating delay of nearly a month.

“We’re expecting to hear soon so, if we get the clearance, he could be available for the weekend. It’s taken a bit longer than we expected,” said Neilson.

“The boy is desperate to get playing now. He’s been training, playing in bounce matches for us and doing really well. He’s waited longer than we thought he’d need to so now he’s keen to get started.”