Hearts boss Craig Levein has admitted that midfielder Peter Haring will miss Sunday’s last Edinburgh derby of the season against Hibernian.

The player is to have an injection in the pelvic area and Levein hopes that will sort his problem, but he will not feature against Hibs.

“Hopefully this will solve Peter’s problem. All being well, he should be okay in a week to ten days” he told the Edinburgh Evening News.

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“Should react well”

“I’m hopeful we’ve got to the root of the problem and it should react well to the injection.”

Haring’s absence will be a blow for the Tynecastle side, who looked low on confidence in the recent 3-1 loss to Rangers.

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They really could do with a win at the home of their bitterest rivals, and that will be hard to achieve without one of their most important midfielders.

However, it is better to be safe than sorry with injuries, particularly with the Scottish Cup Final only a month away.

Won’t rush player back

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Hearts will not want to rush Haring back, even for an Edinburgh derby. If all goes well, he should be back for next week’s game against Kilmarnock.

That will give Haring plenty of time to prove his fitness ahead of the cup clash against Celtic at Hampden Park. If the Tynecastle side are to win that game, they will need all of their big players fit and raring to go. That most certainly includes Haring.

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