It may be the international break, but there will be no rest for Hearts’ players, as Craig Levein prepares to put them through fitness drills.

The Jambos head into the break on the back of a bad result, losing 1-0 to Kilmarnock in Gorgie. It leaves them ninth in the table and five points outside the top six.

Their last match ended in defeat. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Levein says the international break will be used to get some fitness work done with his players.

He told the Herald (sport, page six, 08/10/19): “The next match is the next match and we’ve got two weeks to do work again, and it might be that we need to do more work on the fitness.

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“If they’re not going to do work on the park they need to do it on the training ground.”

Levein must be careful not to push Hearts’ players too hard

Many teams will use this as a chance to rest some players and allow them some time to relax, but not Levein. He’s making sure this is a time that Hearts can better themselves in.

Levein is making the most of the time by improving Hearts’ fitness levels. (Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

He must be careful not to push them to the very limit though. With the Jambos already suffering with a multitude of injuries in different areas, he won’t want to pick up any silly knocks over the break.

Their next game sees Rangers visit them at Tynecastle, which will be a daunting task. The Gers have scored over fifty goals this season already and are high on confidence, which can’t be said for Levein’s team.

They’ll need a stunning performance amidst recent troubles to even stand a chance of earning some valuable points.

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