Hearts manager Robbie Neilson is confident Liam Boyce should be fit to return to action this weekend after missing the 1-1 draw with St Johnstone last night – with the Northern Irishman due to have returned to training today.

Boyce has been in clinical form for the Jambos this season, scoring six times in ten Premiership appearances and he was missed last night in the 1-1 McDiarmid Park draw.

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Despite being without Boyce, Neilson was impressed with the performance of his replacement, Armand Gnanduillet, and thinks his only disappointment against St Johnstone will be the fact he never got on the scoresheet.

“Liam Boyce will train on Thursday and should be okay for the weekend,” explained Neilson. “Armand Gnanduillet did very well. He’s a different type and the plan this season has always been to bring him in and out.

“I was pleased with his work. He was good and the only disappointment will be that he didn’t score.”

Neilson will return to pitchside this weekend against Aberdeen after serving the final game of a touchline ban against St Johnstone and he admits he is looking forward to prowling the touchline again.

The Hearts boss is happy with the way his side are dominating games at the moment though, despite the St Johnstone draw being their third 1-1 in a row, adding: “We are dominating games but we just need to work on that final moment. On the balance of play, I think if anyone is happy with a draw it’s them [St Johnstone].

“I quite enjoyed being in the stand. You get a different view but I am looking forward to getting back to the dugout after Aberdeen on Saturday.”

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