New Hearts match frees up Ryan Stevenson for semi

Ryan Stevenson was sent off against St Johnstone after this altercation with Alan Mannus. Pic: Ian Georgeson
Ryan Stevenson was sent off against St Johnstone after this altercation with Alan Mannus. Pic: Ian Georgeson
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Ryan Stevenson is now free to play in Hearts’ crucial League Cup semi-final against Inverness after their postponed Premiership match against St Mirren at Tynecastle was rescheduled for Wednesday, January 29.

The Gorgie outfit were due to host the Buddies on Saturday, February 1, but because of their League Cup match a day later, the league fixture was postponed. However, both clubs have agreed to play the game next week, meaning that the Jambos will not have a full week to prepare for the semi-final showdown. However, it does free up Stevenson for the last-four clash at Easter Road, as he picked up a two-match ban for violent conduct following his red card against St Johnstone last Saturday. The SFA confirmed this afternoon that Stevenson will miss the next two immediate domestic matches, which are away to Ross County this coming Saturday and St Mirren at home the following Wednesday.

Hearts were facing the prospect of going more than a month without a home match after their 1-0 defeat by Motherwell on January 11, with their next scheduled match in Gorgie due to be the visit of Celtic on February 22.