Hearts manager Craig Levein is confident that defender Aidy White can be an important player for the Jambos as the injury-hit full-back finally gets his Tynecastle career started.

White was named in the starting XI for the first time for the friendly with Glenavon after signing for Levein’s side back in March.

White has suffered a horrendous time with injuries but Levein is confident everyone’s patience will pay off once White is up to speed.

“Nobody would dispute that he was a really good player before his injury troubles started,” said Levein, as quoted by the Edinburgh Evening News.

“He has had to be patient, so have we, because he’s been out for a long time. I can see signs that he’s going to be useful for us.

White hasn’t played a competitive game since January 2017 so it will take him a while to get up to full match fitness after so long on the sidelines.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 13: Craig Levein, Manager of Hearts looks on prior to the Scottish Cup Semi Final match between Heart of Midlothian and Inverness Caledonian Thistle at Hampden Park on April 13, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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With Levein’s side undergoing a bit of an overhaul this summer, having White available will be a big boost for Hearts.

There’s not long to go until the Betfred Cup gets underway so White won’t have long to wait until he gets his chance in a competitive game.

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