Danny Wilson set to be fit for visit of Dons

Hearts skipper Danny Wilson (centre) heads the ball just wide against Partick. Picture: Rob Casey (SNS)
Hearts skipper Danny Wilson (centre) heads the ball just wide against Partick. Picture: Rob Casey (SNS)
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HEARTS are confident captain Danny Wilson will be fit to face Aberdeen this weekend despite missing training with a thigh complaint. The defender has not trained since last Friday’s 1-1 draw with Partick Thistle due to a tight muscle and the Riccarton medical staff are keen to exercise caution with the injury.

Wilson was due to resume training with the rest of the Hearts first-team squad today. “Danny has a wee tight thigh but he’ll be okay for Saturday. We don’t think it’s anything to worry about,” explained manager Gary Locke.

“Obviously he was out for a long time with his thigh last season and through the close season. We just want to make sure he’s okay and not do anything stupid with it. He’s been given an extra couple of days to recover and he’ll join the group again today.”

Hearts have no other injuries to report ahead of Saturday’s encounter at Tynecastle. “We’ve been okay in terms of injuries, everybody has come through,” continued Locke. “I was glad because last week was a difficult week, especially for Brad McKay and Kevin McHattie on Scotland Under-21 duty.”

Locke is expecting a different type of Aberdeen team to last season. “Billy Brown [assistant manager] was up at their game against Celtic on Saturday and our chief scout, John Harvey, has watched them. They’re a slightly different proposition to Aberdeen teams in the past. They’ve signed some quality and the big boy [Calvin] Zola is unknown to a lot of people.

“I saw him a few times when he played with Burton Albion and he has a physical presence and will put himself about. Niall McGinn and Johnny Hayes are still there, so they are a dangerous team.”