Hearts striker Paul McCallum back for run-in

Paul McCallum. Pic: Jane Barlow
Paul McCallum. Pic: Jane Barlow
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Hearts should have striker Paul McCallum available for their post-split fixtures after injury and illness sidelined him in recent weeks.

The on-loan West Ham striker, pictured, played 90 minutes for the club’s under-20s last Tuesday and is expected to be fully fit for Ross County’s visit to Tynecastle this weekend. A bursa (fluid-filled sac) on his heel has hindered McCallum’s progress since he joined Hearts on loan from West Ham United in January. The lump has made running and sprinting difficult and restricted his movement during training sessions and games. Illness denied him a place in the squad for the 4-2 win at Partick Thistle nine days ago, although the player has recovered and will hope to challenge for a place in the first team again on Saturday against County.

McCallum is due to return to West Ham at the end of the season when his loan expires, and therefore has only five games remaining to make an impression with Hearts. Winger Jamie Walker could also feature against County after recovering from three months out with a broken metatarsal bone. He played for the under-20s last week alongside McCallum and is likely to be given some game time against County to improve his match sharpness, although most probably as a substitute.