Hearts get triple injury boost for Dundee trip but striker is a major doubt

Hearts face an anxious wait to learn if striker Liam Boyce is available to face Dundee on Saturday, but defenders Stephen Kingsley, Aidy White and Christophe Berra should be fit.

Hearts defender Stephen Kingsley has been nursing a stomach injury.
Hearts defender Stephen Kingsley has been nursing a stomach injury.

Kingsley and White missed Tuesday night’s 3-1 win against Arbroath, Boyce was substituted after a knee in the back during the first half, while Berra came off with a head knock after the break.

Hearts manager Robbie Neilson expects Kingsley, White and Berra to make the trip to Dens Park, where his team will aim to extend their five-point lead at the top of the Championship.

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Boyce is causing some concern, though. “We’ll see how Liam is. He’s had a hamstring/calf problem for the last four or five weeks and been getting through games by coming off at certain times,” explained Neilson

“We’ll give him a couple of days and he’ll be touch and go for the weekend.”

Craig Wighton will lead the forward line against his former club if Boyce fails to declare himself fit.

Berra underwent tests after the Arbroath game and Hearts doctors are happy with his condition.

“With Christophe it was just precautionary and he will be fine, we just bought him off due to head knocks now,” added Neilson. “With the position we’re in, we just felt we were better getting him off. He had his test and everything game back fine on it.

“Kingsley should be fine, him and Aidy White should both be fine. Aidy has been running and Kingsley has been recovering from a stomach problem but I expect both of them to be available on Saturday.”

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