Team news ahead of Saturday's Scottish Premier League clash between Dundee United and Hearts at Tannadice (kick-off 12.30pm).
Dundee United defender Gavin Gunning is set to miss the game with a shoulder injury picked up in last weekend's 2-0 win over St Johnstone.
Former Hearts player Robbie Neilson is in line to take over in central defence.
Garry Kenneth is back in training after sustaining his recent hamstring injury but this match looks like coming too soon for him.
Stephen Elliott (foot) is a doubt for Hearts but his strike partner Craig Beattie has recovered from a persistent heel problem, while forward Mehdi Taouil is available again following a back complaint.
Midfielder Ian Black continues to nurse a hernia which is set to require surgery come the end of the season, while right-back Jamie Hamill and midfielder Adrian Mrowiec (both knee) are out.
Hearts (from): MacDonald, McGowan, Zaliukas, Webster, Grainger, Prychynenko, Barr, Black, Santana, Driver, Skacel, Beattie, Glen, Ridgers, Elliott, Novikovas, Robinson, Holt, Smith, Morton, Taouil.
Hearts (from): Pernis, Dillon, Watson, Neilson, Dixon, Douglas, Armstrong, Robertson, Ryan, Flood, Mackay-Steven, Rankin, Russell, Daly, Dow, Swanson, Kenneth, Banks.