Hearts' doubt over Lewis Moore for Motherwell match

Coaching staff will “look after” youngster and hope he is fit

Friday, 6th March 2020, 6:05 am
Hearts winger Lewis Moore has a hamstring problem

Hearts winger Lewis Moore is struggling to overcome a hamstring injury in time for Saturday’s Premiership match with Motherwell.

Riccarton coaching staff will give him until near kick-off to prove his fitness but manager Daniel Stendel admitted there is a question mark over his availability.

Moore was substituted after 74 minutes of Tuesday night’s 3-1 win over Hibs at Easter Road because of the problem.

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He has emerged as a useful player for Stendel in recent weeks, however the German is preparing in case he is absent this weekend.

"Lewis is a question mark after the game on Tuesday. We need to look after him over the next two days and then we will decide."

The decision not to start captain Steven Naismith in the Edinburgh derby was tactical, accoring to Stendel. He has competition in attack with Naismith, Liam Boyce and derby goalscorer Conor Washington all competing for places.

"It was more a tactical thing than a fitness thing on Tuesday,” said the manager on Naismith. He stated he is happy with the blend within his squad as Hearts attempt to avoid relegation between now and May.

“We have some players not fit but my feeling at the moment is that we have a good mix,” continued Stendel. “We have different ages, qualities and experience.

“We have some quick players and some players who like the ball to feet. We have the ability to play fast, to play in possession. At the moment, we have a good team on the pitch.”