Hearts duo set to return for home clash with Livi

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OSMAN SOW and Adam Eckersley should both be fit for Hearts this weekend after missing Saturday’s win at Livingston with minor injuries.

Sow had a tight thigh and Eckersley a rib knock but both are expected to train this week, according to head coach Robbie Neilson.

Hearts opted not to risk either player at the Energy Assets Arena for fear of further aggravating their problems. Sow only recently returned after more than 12 weeks out with a torn thigh muscle and, after the Swedish forward reported feeling tightness last week, it was decided he should not play. Eckersley suffered a rib injury in training on Friday and felt stiff and sore when he woke on Saturday morning. Consequently, Neilson and the Hearts staff chose not to play the left-back. Both he and Sow should be back this Saturday for the second of a double header against Livingston.

“They’ll both be back next week. Osman will definitely be back and I don’t expect Adam’s problem to linger on any more than a couple of days because it’s just a knock on the ribs,” Neilson explained to the Evening News.

“Osman is coming back from a long-term thigh problem. It was a bit tight at the start of the week and we nursed him through.

“Then we had a word with him on Friday and we just felt it still wasn’t quite right. I didn’t want to take the chance with him.

“There are still 13 games to go. If we put him in at Livingston and he pulls the thigh again and is out for the rest of the season, it’s not worth it. Adam got a knock to his ribs in training on Friday and we hoped he would be fine. On Saturday morning he was really stiff and sore in that area so we decided just to leave him out and put Jordan McGhee in.”

Meanwhile, Hearts Under-20s are in action at Riccarton against Kilmarnock tomorrow afternoon. The match kicks off at 2pm.