Hearts could be handed an injury boost with defender Michael Smith reportedly returning to training and being pencilled in for a possible comeback in next month’s Scottish Cup semi-final.
The Scottish Sun claim Smith has started running with club physio Craig Maitland and the semi-final clash with Inverness Caley Thistle on April 13th is seen as a “realistic” target.
Smith has been out of action since getting injured in the win over junior side Auchinleck Talbot on February 10th and was expected to miss up to 12 weeks of action.
The versatile former Peterborough United ace has filled in a variety of positions for the Jambos and his return would be a welcome boost for Craig Levein’s side.
Next month’s Hampden clash with Inverness is a huge match for Hearts with the capital side expected to secure their place in the final at the expense of their Championship opponents.
Getting Smith back by then would mean he’ll be available for the final run of games and help the Jambos secure a Europa League spot for next season.
Smith has made 31 appearances so far this season and the 30-year-old’s absence has been felt with Hearts only winning twice since he was hurt.