Hearts are hopeful that key duo Danny Wilson and Osman Sow will be fit for next Sunday’s Edinburgh derby at Easter Road.
Captain Wilson sat out the league leaders’ 5-1 victory over Dumbarton on Saturday with a minor hamstring injury picked up late in the previous weekend’s win at Alloa.
Top scorer Sow, who headed his eighth goal of the season against the Sons, felt tightness in his hamstring in the first half and was replaced by Jason Holt at half-time in what was described as a “precautionary measure”.
Both players will be monitored this week, but Hearts’ management are confident that they will be available for the eagerly-awaited trip to Hibs.
“The physios have had a look at Osman but it’s too early to say for certain just now,” said assistant coach Stevie Crawford. “It was mainly a precaution to take him off.
“Danny’s been getting worked on last week but we’ll just need to wait and see if the Hibs game’s going to come too early for him or not.”
Hearts maintained their nine-point advantage over Rangers at the top of the Championship by scoring five goals for the third successive home game. They have the chance to open up a 17-point advantage over city rivals Hibs if they win at Easter Road this weekend.
Meanwhile, on-loan Hearts striker Gary Oliver scored his first goals for Stenhousemuir in their 4-0 win at League One rivals Stirling Albion on Saturday. The 19-year-old hit a double in his sixth start for the Warriors since being farmed out by the Tynecastle club at the start of September.
Hearts Under-20s host their Dundee United counterparts in the SPFL Development League tonight.
The match takes place at New Victoria Park in Newtongrange with a 7pm kick-off.