Hearts manager Craig Levein has confirmed that midfielder Ryan Edwards could be in line to make his first appearance for the Jambos since August after he was an unused substitute against Rangers at the weekend.
Edwards returned to Tynecastle in January after spending time on loan at St Mirren, with the Australian a surprise inclusion against Steven Gerrard’s side.
Levein admitted that Edwards has been impressing for the reserves recently and injuries to other players made him a good option as cover.
“Ryan’s been doing quite well for the reserves and Peter Haring was obviously out on Saturday,” said Levein, as quoted by the Evening News.
“You might see Ryan or Andy Irving involved as we try to manage the squad between now and the cup final.”
Edward’s last competitive appearance in a Hearts jersey came for the Colts team in the Challenge Cup clash with Ross County.
During his time at St. Mirren, Edwards made 14 appearances for the Buddies before his loan was ended early by new manager Oran Kearney.
Levein clearly has one eye on next month’s Scottish Cup final and it makes sense for the Hearts boss to use his squad as best he can to keep players at their best.