HEARTS will continue to manage Danny Wilson’s thigh problem on a week-to-week basis, although manager Gary Locke is hopeful a rest during the international break may have cured the injury.
The Tynecastle captain has suffered with a tight thigh since the summer and missed the end of last season with a separate thigh complaint. He has missed training sessions each week since the new campaign started but has managed to play in matches.
Wilson was suspended for Hearts’ game against Inverness before the international break and Locke is hoping the chance to recover has worked.
“Danny has had an ongoing thigh problem so he didn’t train at the start of this week. Knowing him as I do, he’s kind of getting through it,” Locke told the Evening News. “He hasn’t been able to train as much as we would like but he’s managing to play in the games, which is the most important thing.
“Hopefully, with a couple of weeks’ rest, we’ve got to the bottom of his thigh strain. As a precaution he didn’t train earlier in the week.
“He had a thigh problem last year but this is a different part of his thigh. It’s been niggling away at him so, with us having a fortnight off there, he’s managed to rest it. I’m hoping that’s been long enough to settle it down and he can now get back to training all the time.
“He got the injury during pre-season. He had an injury from last season and then missed some of our pre-season training. It’s not a huge problem. Like anything, when you get a wee muscle strain you need to rest it for it to cure properly. The fortnight’s rest should have done it the world of good.”
Wilson is expected to play from the start today as Hearts face Celtic at home at 12.30pm.