Hearts boss Robbie Neilson has told centre-back Mihai Popescu that his Hearts opportunity will come. Popescu has lost his place in the side as Neilson has preferred to use the likes of Craig Halkett and Christophe Berra in the team.

However, Neilson has told the player that he will inevitably get the chance to feature for the first-team this season, and that he shouldn’t be too upset about being out of the starting line-up.

“Understands the situation”

“Mihai understands the situation. It’s just part and parcel of being a centre-back” he said.

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Mihai Popescu in action for Hearts (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“He’s at a good club, he’s got his girlfriend with him in Scotland. He enjoys it, and he just needs to wait his time.”

Neilson has given Popescu motivation for when he returns to the line-up. That is, to perform so well that he keep his place in the side permanently.

“Just needs to wait”

“Centre-backs are players you want to build a relationship between. You don’t want to be chopping and changing all the time. Mihai just needs to wait until he gets in the team and then make sure he stays in” he disclosed.

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Mihai Popescu during a Hearts training session (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

It will be interesting to see when Popescu returns to the Hearts line-up. The team’s centre-backs struggled in their last league game, the 3-1 loss to Dundee.

However, judging by Neilson’s comments, Popescu might still be out of the starting line-up come the game against Alloa on Saturday. Only time will tell on that front. The player should be encouraged by Neilson’s comments that his time in a Hearts jersey will come once more.

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