Hearts give Michael Smith fitness verdict ahead of Hibs match after Northern Ireland injury scare

Hearts have received a boost on the eve of the Edinburgh derby regarding the fitness of right-back Michael Smith.

By Matthew Elder
Friday, 10th September 2021, 1:13 pm
Updated Friday, 10th September 2021, 1:21 pm
Hearts' Michael Smith is expected to be fit to face Hibs despite picking up a knock for Northern Ireland. (Photo by Mark Scates / SNS Group)
Hearts' Michael Smith is expected to be fit to face Hibs despite picking up a knock for Northern Ireland. (Photo by Mark Scates / SNS Group)

There were concerns over the 33-year-old’s availbility for the Tynecastle showdown after he appeared to pick up a knock while on international duty with Northern Ireland.

Smith was replaced in the 67th minute of the 1-1 draw with Switzerland on Wednesday after signalling to the bench over an apparent discomfort in his left leg.

However, at his pre-match press conference this lunchtime, Hearts boss Robbie Neilson has confirmed that he expects Smith to be fit to play against Hibs on Sunday.

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Hibs lead the Scottish Premiership table on goal difference ahead of Hearts with both sides collecting 10 points from the opening four games.

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