John Souttar ready for Hearts comeback

John Souttar has resumed full training with Hearts and has an outside chance of making his injury comeback this weekend.

Thursday, 17th January 2019, 9:30 am
Updated Friday, 18th January 2019, 12:32 am
John Souttar is closing in on a Hearts comeback

The Scotland defender will not start Sunday's Scottish Cup tie against Livingston at Tynecastle Park but could be included manager Craig Levein's matchday squad.

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He has not played since October due to a hip operation and is now close to resuming competitive action. Hearts are keen not to rush him back as he will be a key player throughout the second half of the season.

Souttar, 22, stayed in Edinburgh to complete the final phase of his rehabilitation last week while the first team headed for a winter training camp in Spain.

Striker Uche Ikpeazu is also in the latter stages of his recovery from foot surgery. He is expected to return to first-team action early next month.