Hearts look like they may have got some positive injury news ahead of their trip to Celtic on Sunday.
The Jambos have taken just one point from their opening two matches in the league and sit in ninth place. They did, however, sneak past Motherwell in the Betfred Cup on Friday night. And after a number of their key players suffered injuries in the opening weeks of the season, there did seem to be some good news at last.
Manager Craig Levein gave an update on Scotland international pair John Souttar and Steven Naismith.
“Naisy might make the weekend. If not, he will make the Hamilton game. John is the same,” Levein told the Edinburgh Evening News. “Both of them are back running this week so it just depends how quickly they can go from running to contact training.
“If they can do that later on this week, then they will have a chance of playing on Sunday. It would be a massive boost to get those two back so we will keep our fingers crossed we can get them both on the field as quickly as possible.”
Hearts injury boost shouldn’t halt Celtic
Naismith, who penned a four-year deal at Tynecastle last month, went off injured during their drab 0-0 draw against Ross County. He missed the win over Motherwell but could be back for the trip to Celtic Park.
It promises to be a strange atmosphere in the East End of Glasgow on Sunday. The fact the game has been moved a day later due to Celtic’s Europa League commitments means that the crowd should be lower. The gloom around the club at present could also make it a tough environment for the players.
They will just have to fight through and keep winning matches, like they managed in the end against Dunfermline.
They can at least be boosted by knowing Celtic have a terrific home record against their Edinburgh foes. The Hoops have won 16 of their last 17 Celtic Park matches against the Jambos, drawing the other 0-0. In total, they’ve netted 48 goals in that time and conceded just five.
Hopefully that terrific run can be kept up on Sunday afternoon. Even if Naismith is playing.