HEARTS will not risk striker Osman Sow against Celtic in the Scottish Cup this weekend, with captain Danny Wilson also doubtful.
Sow is recovering from a thigh injury and management are keen to protect him with vital league matches coming up through the winter. Wilson remains touch and go for the fourth round tie due to a hamstring problem.
Head coach Robbie Neilson admitted today that Sow’s injury is taking longer to heal than expected. The Swede has missed the last three matches and will again sit out the weekend cup tie in the hope of being available at the start of next month.
“Osman’s been a bit of a nightmare with his thigh and it’s taking longer than we expected,” Neilson told the Evening News. “He’s still rehabing at the moment so we just need to take our time with him. It’s been a few weeks now and it might be even more. We’d hoped to get him back for last weekend but we don’t want to push him.
“I can’t throw him in too early. We have a lot of league games coming up and my worry is that we don’t want him to suffer any setback. He’ll miss out this week.”
Wilson has done light training at Hearts’ Riccarton training complex but will not be rushed into action this weekend. Like Sow, he is wanted for league matches as the Edinburgh club – nine points clear at the top of the Scottish Championship – strive to secure automatic promotion back to the Premiership.
“Danny’s been back running and hopefully he’ll do more towards the end of the week,” said Neilson. “If he doesn’t take part in the game on Sunday then he’ll play for the under-20s in midweek [against Hamilton]. It just depends how close he is to being ready for the first team.”
Meanwhile, Hearts have confirmed their Annual General Meeting of shareholders will take place on Wednesday, December 17, at 11am in Tynecastle’s Gorgie Suite.
Big Hearts Community Trust will hold their AGM on December 5 at 10am and Foundation of Hearts’ AGM is on December 11 at 11am.