Prince Buaben impresses on trial at Hearts

Skipper for the day Brad McKay, right, congratulates Sam Nicholson on his goal in Hearts' win over Dinamo Bucharest
Skipper for the day Brad McKay, right, congratulates Sam Nicholson on his goal in Hearts' win over Dinamo Bucharest
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Head coach Robbie Neilson is intrigued by the prospect of reuniting former Dundee United colleagues Morgaro Gomis and Prince Buaben in the Hearts engine room.

Gomis became the Tynecastle club’s first post-administration signing last month and has shone in both of his friendly outings so far. There is now a good chance of his friend and former Tannadice team-mate following him to Edinburgh after Buaben joined Hearts at their pre-season training camp near Chester on Saturday and then played as a trialist in the second half of their 2-1 pre-season friendly win over Romanian side Dinamo Bucharest yesterday.

The 26-year-old Ghanaian, who has played for Watford, Carlisle and Partick Thistle since his successful four-year spell at Tannadice ended in 2011, will arrive at Riccarton this week to continue his trial with a view to earning a deal at Hearts.

While he is keen to get another look at Buaben, Neilson admits the formidable partnership he struck up with Gomis in a United side that won the 2010 Scottish Cup increases the trialist’s allure.

“The fact Prince and Gomis had a good partnership at Dundee United certainly comes into our thinking,” he told the Evening News. “Partnerships are a big thing. You want players to build partnerships with the guys that are playing beside them, but they wouldn’t need that building process because they already know each other’s game.

“I’ve spoken to Prince about coming up for a bit more training with us because he’s only done two days’ pre-season with us. He will come up and we’ll see him in training and then maybe see him in another game and make a decision on him.”

Lee Currie was due to find out today if he would be given the chance to stay on at Hearts. The former Hibs youngster, who has spent the past three years with Berwick Rangers, has spent the past week training with Hearts and featured for a half in both of their friendlies in the four-day trip to England.

Meanwhile, Scott Robinson is not expected to be out for any significant period of time despite being stretchered off and taken to hospital with a suspected broken leg after coming off worst in a first-half challenge yesterday. It transpired that the midfielder had only suffered bruising to his shin. “He felt it was a bad one and to be fair, at the time it looked bad because of the size and speed of the swelling,” said Neilson. “He’ll have to rest if for a couple of days but we don’t anticipate him being out for any length of time.”

Robinson is set to learn in the coming days if he will face any further sanction for his red card against Ludogorets Razgrad on Thursday. The midfielder, who is already banned for the first two Championship games against Rangers and Hibs, was dismissed for two bookable offences against the Bulgarians. It remains to be seen whether the English FA will deem it worthy of being passed over to their Scottish counterparts.