David Smith is set to return to full training on Monday and has an outside chance of making the squad for Hearts’ Scottish Premiership clash with Dundee United on Friday night.
The 21-year-old attacker has been sidelined for the last six weeks after sustaining a fractured knee in the first half of the League Cup semi-final defeat by Inverness at the start of February.
However, he is now fit again and ready to join his team-mates in preparation for the visit of United, with the Under-20s’ match at Falkirk on Tuesday providing a possible opportunity to add some much-needed match fitness.
“David should be back in full training on Monday,” said Gary Locke, the Hearts manager. “If he has a good solid week of training, he could be considered for the bench against Dundee United depending whether or not he can get any game time for the Under-20s.”
With Jason Holt having returned to the fold in recent weeks and Jamie Walker revealing yesterday that he hopes to be back in contention for action in a fortnight’s time, Locke’s injury list appears to be easing. Callum Tapping, the only other absentee, is still a few weeks off returning from a knee problem.