Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson today welcomed the prospect of having midfielder Morgaro Gomis free from suspension for the potentially hazardous trip to Cowdenbeath two days before Christmas.
Saturday’s match between the clubs at Central Park was postponed due to a frozen pitch and has now been rescheduled for Tuesday, December 23, with the influential Gomis available to play.
The postponement means Gomis will serve the second of his two-game ban this weekend when Alloa visit Tynecastle and return for the re-arranged visit to Central Park the following Tuesday. The Senegalese incurred a one-game ban for six bookings, but then had another added for a straight red card against Celtic in the Scottish Cup last month.
With one game still to be served, Gomis will sit out the weekend match with Alloa, but Neilson is delighted he is available to face his former club Cowdenbeath in a game that will demand experienced heads.
“It now means Morgaro will be suspended for the Alloa game at home and he will be back for going to Cowdenbeath on the Tuesday night, which is great news for us,” he told the Evening News. “That was one of the reasons behind organising the game for so soon after he serves his suspension. I’m pleased we’ll have him back for that one.
“He won’t be available for the Alloa game this Saturday but once that’s done and dusted with he’ll be available again. We’re just hoping he doesn’t pick up another suspension before the end of the season. He’s done very well for us so far this season and been an influential character in midfield.”
Hearts also have injured players Jason Holt, Dale Carrick and Sam Nicholson returning. All three are likely to be involved against Alloa this weekend.