Highly-rated Hearts midfielder Angus Beith should be fit to finally kick-start his bid for a first-team place next month.
The 20-year-old academy graduate is deemed an exciting prospect by coaching staff at Riccarton but injury problems have restricted him to just one appearance for the Tynecastle side – in the Petrofac Cup defeat by Livingston two years ago – thus far.
Despite being sidelined by a hip problem for much of last season, and being too old to be considered a development player this term, Hearts showed how much they valued Beith when they offered him a new contract in the summer, which would involve him becoming a fully-fledged first-team squad member.
However, his hopes of starting to establish himself were dealt a setback when he suffered a recurrence of his hip injury in pre-season and had to undergo minor surgery in early July.
Beith has now recovered from the operation and is back in training but will effectively have to undertake another pre-season in order to get himself steeled for the rigours of the Scottish Premiership.
“Angus is back training but it will be another four to six weeks before he’s ready,” said head coach Robbie Neilson.
When fit, Beith, from the same age-group as Liam Smith and Jordan McGhee, will compete with the established quartet of Don Cowie, Arnaud Djoum, Perry Kitchen and Prince Buaben for a central-midfield berth.