Craig Levein has not given much away with regards to the fitness of Hearts midfielder Peter Haring. The Hearts boss has disclosed that he is ‘hopeful’ that the player can return from injury against Kilmarnock on Saturday.

“I’m hopeful he will be okay for the weekend” he revealed to the Edinburgh Evening News.

“It will all depend”

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” It will all depend on how he is feeling. If he is fine, then he’ll play.”

Haring has missed the last two games with a groin injury. It is important that Haring gets some game time in before the Scottish Cup Final.

The Jambos have three league games before then, so time is on Haring’s side.

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Understandable reticence from manager

It is understandable why Levein is being cagey about Haring’s fitness. If the injury is worse than first thought, it doesn’t do anybody any good to reveal that in the run-up to the cup final.

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Hopefully for all concerned with Hearts, Levein’s reticence to say much about Haring is nothing to worry about.

With Steven Naismith already a doubt for the Scottish Cup Final, losing another key player for the biggest game Hearts have had in years would be a huge blow.

If Haring features against Kilmarnock, he should be fit to take part in the cup final. If he misses the game though, doubts will grow about Haring’s participation in the game.

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