Kevin McHattie could deputise for Danny Grainger in Hearts' Scottish Premier League clash with Celtic at Tynecastle on Wednesday evening.
Grainger is expected to be out for around three months with a knee injury which could yet require surgery after he suffered a partial tear of his anterior cruciate ligament in Saturday's 0-0 draw at Motherwell.
McHattie may be utilised at right-back with Ryan McGowan, who has been playing on the right of the defence in the absense of Jamie Hamill (knee), reverting to left-back.
Kelvin Wilson returns to the Celtic squad after missing Saturday's shock 1-0 defeat to Inverness with a bout of flu.
Fellow-defender Charlie Mulgrew (virus) and midfielder Paddy McCourt (knock) are both rated doubtful, while the match may come too soon for left-back Emilio Izaguirre.
However, the Honduran is in line to return to action in Saturday's Scottish Cup clash against Arbroath following a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a hamstring complaint.