Hearts are going to be struggling at centre-half for the time being, so could that give Clevid Dikamona the chance to shine?

Craig Halkett and John Souttar are both toiling with injury, whilst Christophe Berra needs resting from time to time as he ages.

Dikamona hasn't featured much recently.

Dikamona hasn’t featured much recently.  (photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Jambos boss Craig Levein is trying to deploy a back three right now and that becomes pretty difficult with only two central defenders.

Could that result in Dikamona being given rare minutes?

Dikamona may need to fight full-backs for his Hearts position

On Saturday Michael Smith and Aaron Hickey filled in at centre-half. By all accounts they were pretty solid, showing that they can hold their own whilst out of position.

Smith excelled at centre-back. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Levein would no doubt prefer natural centre-backs though, so surely Dikamona must be on his mind?

‘The defender has been a bit-part player ever since he arrived at Tynecastle and has featured just twice for 53 minutes so far this campaign.

Match fitness could be an issue, given that he hasn’t started a match since February, but Levein hasn’t got many options.

Hasn’t started since February. (photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

If the Congolese international is to add to his 25 Jambos apperances, he’ll likely need to battle his full-back partners for a spot in the Tynecastle starting XI.

Should Levein go for four at the back though, the door could open for him. Hickey and Smith will be deployed in their natural full-back roles in this formation, opening a position in central defence for Dikamona potentially.

The formation Levein deploys in the next few weeks could decide whether the 29-year-old features or not.

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