MacDonald and Hamill get Hearts all-clear

Hearts keeper Jamie MacDonald with his manager, Gary Locke, below
Hearts keeper Jamie MacDonald with his manager, Gary Locke, below
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JAMIE MacDONALD and Jamie Hamill will play for Hearts at Aberdeen tomorrow despite missing training earlier this week through injury. MacDonald has proved his fitness after a back problem, while Hamill has recovered from a tight hamstring.

Both players will play key roles at Pittodrie tomorrow, with MacDonald in goal and Hamill expected to be in his usual holding midfield role. Winger Billy King is also included in the Hearts squad after returning from a month out with a foot problem. He is likely to start on the substitutes’ bench.

07/11/13'HEARTS TRAINING'RICCARTON - EDINBURGH'Hearts Manager Gary Locke prepares his team for the weekend match against Aberdeen.

07/11/13'HEARTS TRAINING'RICCARTON - EDINBURGH'Hearts Manager Gary Locke prepares his team for the weekend match against Aberdeen.

“Jamie MacDonald missed a few days this week, as did Hamill,” explained manager Gary Locke. “MacDonald had a slight back problem which is affecting his hamstring. Hamill has had a tight hamstring and was feeling it a bit. With a couple of days’ rest, they’ve recovered well. Hopefully they don’t get any reaction.”

Locke reiterated that he is looking for a positive reaction from his players tomorrow after last weekend’s 2-0 home defeat by St Johnstone.

“Yes, there’s no doubt about it,” he added. “We have tried to be as positive as possible throughout the season and the boys have been great, although the second half last Saturday was probably as bad as we have played. The boys know that and we are looking for a response at Pittodrie.”

Meanwhile, Hearts’ fourth round Scottish Cup clash against Celtic at Tynecastle has been switched to Sunday, December 1 (3pm) and will be shown live on BBC Scotland.