Black fights for fitness as Hearts face Rangers

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IAN BLACK is in a race to be fit for Hearts’ eagerly-awaited SPL encounter with Rangers at Tynecastle on Sunday.

The midfielder sat out training yesterday after limping off with a leg knock just 23 minutes into Saturday’s 2-0 win at Dunfermline. However, Black hopes to rejoin the rest of the squad tomorrow or Thursday in an effort to prove his fitness to manager Paulo Sergio.

The 26-year-old has been an integral part of Sergio’s plans, starting every league game except the two he missed through suspension, at home to Aberdeen and away to Kilmarnock.

Black will be hoping the fact the game against the SPL leaders is on Sunday will work in his favour as it allows an extra day for the pain in his lower-leg to subside. If he fails to shake off the injury in time, Mehdi Taouil, who impressed after replacing Black at East End Park, and David Obua, who was a regular starter until being relegated to the bench for the recent win over Celtic, will be the favourites to fill the void.