Hearts have not been in the best run of form recently, to put it mildly. It is a run which they will hope comes to an end this week.

The Tynecastle club faces St Johnstone in a bottom of the table clash on Wednesday, before taking on Rangers in the Betfred Cup semi-final on Sunday.

However, despite the poor results, manager Craig Levein seems slightly more upbeat. Now, he has revealed the reason why – some of his injured players are finally coming back to full fitness.

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Both Jamie Walker and Steven Naismith are on the verge of returning to the Tynecastle side’s squad. Levein is understandably pleased.

“All being well”

“James and Naisy trained with us on Monday. Of the two Jamie is slightly ahead and all being well in training today Jamie will be on the bench tomorrow, which is good” he said, as reported by the Daily Record.

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“The reason for me feeling a little bit happier is Jamie has a history of scoring in double figures in the Premiership. Naisy has as well.”

Attacking duo could have made difference in recent draw

The return of two attacking players should help Hearts when it comes to scoring goals. That was an issue in the recent 0-0 draw with Livingston.

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Levein’s side were unable to take advantage of a team which had been reduced to 10 men and were forced to settle for a point.

If either Naismith or Walker had been available, that situation might have been different. Now that the duo are on their way back to full fitness, Hearts’ results might now pick up. Two wins this week would certainly kickstart the season.


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