Juwon Oshaniwa returns to training with Hearts today and should be available for Saturday’s visit of Hamilton. The left-back sat out sessions at the start of the week because of a niggling hamstring problem but medical staff are hopeful he will come through training today and tomorrow unscathed.
Oshaniwa managed to play the full 90 minutes last weekend as Hearts recorded an impressive 4-0 win at Partick Thistle. Although not 100 per cent fit, he agreed to play because of a shortage of experienced defenders. Blazej Augustyn was suspended and captain Alim Ozturk is recovering from hernia surgery, so the Nigerian was needed in the left-back position.
Hearts let him rest at the start of the week to help his hamstring recover. Provided he suffers no reaction to training, he will again be in contention for a place in the team on Saturday against Hamilton. The forthcoming international break offers the chance of a two-week rest as Oshaniwa has not been selected for the Nigeria squad.
Augustyn is available this weekend after serving a one-match suspension and he is expected to resume his partnership with Igor Rossi in central defence. Should Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson decide not to risk Oshaniwa, Jordan McGhee will fill in at left-back.
Spanish midfielder Miguel Pallardo will have his calf injury assessed before the squad is named. He did not make the substitutes’ bench against Partick, but could return to face Hamilton. Hearts will not take any unnecessary risks with the player as they have plenty cover in central midfield through Prince Buaben, Morgaro Gomis and Arnaud Djoum.