Hearts hopeful Uche Ikpeazu will make Rangers clash

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Hearts remain hopeful of having striker Uche Ikpeazu fit for Sunday’s trip to Ibrox.

The Englishman has missed the past three matches with a foot injury which is still healing, but he could return against Rangers.

Uche Ikpeazu has a foot injury

Uche Ikpeazu has a foot injury

He is in line to be part of the Hearts squad if his recovery continues without any setbacks. Ikpeazu’s availability would be a big boost to manager Craig Levein as he seeks to maintain his club’s five-point lead at the Ladbrokes Premiership summit.

Ikpeazu, a summer signing from Cambridge United, has become a popular figure with supporters in his short time at Tynecastle Park. He scored four goals in nine appearances before injuring his foot in a collision with the Motherwell goalkeeper Trever Carson at Fir Park last month.

His physicality and hold-up play are weapons Hearts could utilise against Rangers this weekend and coaching staff will monitor the 23-year-old carefully before deciding if he should play.