Hearts should have Liam Boyce and Michael Smith available for selection when they face Motherwell in the Scottish Premiership this weekend after manager Robbie Neilson confirmed both have returned to training after a stint on the sidelines.

Boyce has been out of action for the Jambos’ last three games with a calf problem while Smith sat out the win over Dundee United before the international break after a back injury.

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Neilson is confident he’ll have his full complement of players available for the Fir Park clash with Motherwell – although after the 5-2 win over the Arabs, neither is assured of their place in the starting XI.

“We should have a full squad available for the weekend,” Hearts manager Robbie Neilson told the Edinburgh Evening News.

“Boycie is back training and is doing about half the sessions just now. By the end of the week he should be in full training. Michael is back in full training already so they should be fine.”

 

Last time the two sides met, Hearts ran out 2-0 winners as they extended their unbeaten start to the season to claim to the top of the Premiership.

The Jambos could leapfrog Celtic and go into second place with a win this weekend, although Neilson’s side will have played one game more than Celtic thanks to the Parkhead side’s involvement in the League Cup semi-finals this weekend.

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