Hearts manager Craig Levein is prepared to take a chance with Peter Haring’s fitness for Sunday’s Betfred Cup semi-final against Celtic.
The Austrian midfielder took part in training at BT Murrayfield on Friday morning after missing two matches with a muscle strain, which is linked to a hernia problem that will require surgery at some stage.
Levein said: “He did a little bit of training today. We will see how he is tomorrow. I’m hopeful.
“I’ve explained he’s got a hernia and there could be a weakness come Sunday, we might have to take him off early in the match.
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The 25-year-old has scored five goals in 14 appearances for Hearts since joining in the summer from Austrian side SV Ried.
He netted in the 4-2 win over Motherwell in the Betfred Cup quarter finals, and was on target in the 5-0 drubbing of Cowdenbeath during the group stages.