Hearts v Celtic preview

Date published: Friday 30th September 2011 12:47

Hearts winger Andrew Driver will miss out because of a recurring knee injury.

Manager Paulo Sergio expects a couple of slight knocks to be shaken off ahead of Sunday, leaving him with no new injury worries.

Jamie MacDonald will once again deputise for the injured Marian Kello (shoulder) while Kevin Kyle, Calum Elliot and Gary Glen remain on the sidelines.

Joe Ledley is almost certainly out for Celtic.

The Hoops midfielder came off at half-time in Celtic’s Europa League clash against Udinese on Thursday night at Parkhead with a groin injury which will be scanned today.

Left-back Badr El-Kaddouri was cup-tied for the match against the Serie A side and he returns to the squad.

Celtic (from): Zaluska, Matthews, Majstorovic, Loovens, El-Kaddouri, Mulgrew, Mark Wilson, Ki, Kayal, Ledley, Forrest, Wanyama, Bangura, Stokes, Hooper, Samaras, Forster, McCourt, Twardzik.

Hearts (from): MacDonald, Hamill, Grainger, Webster, Zaliukas, Mrowiec, Jonsson, Obua, Black, Stevenson, Taouil, Templeton, Robinson, Skacel, Novikovas, Smith, Elliott, Balogh.

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Hearts v Celtic preview

Date published: Tuesday 10th May 2011 11:03

Marius Zaliukas is set to return to the Hearts team, but the capital club have a host of other concerns.

Eggert Jonsson is available after the club appealed his sending off at Rangers, but Adrian Mrowiec (thigh), Andy Webster (groin), Lee Wallace (ankle), Jason Thomson (hamstring), David Templeton (knock) and Ruben Palazuelos (illness) are all doubtful.

Ismael Bouzid is back from a ban, but Andrew Driver (hernia) Suso Santana (knee), Calum Elliot (knee) and Kevin Kyle (hip) are all out.

Anthony Stokes and Georgios Samaras return from suspension for Celtic.

Defender Emilio Izaguirre has shrugged off a knock picked up against Kilmarnock on Sunday.

Hoops stopper Glenn Loovens has recovered from a strain and is included in the squad.

Hearts (from): Kello, MacDonald, Stevenson, Bouzid, Elliott, Skacel, Glen, C Thomson, J Thomson, Balogh, Webster, Wallace, Templeton, Black, Palazuelos, Robinson, Zaliukas, Mrowiec, Jonsson, Barr, McGowan.

Celtic (from): Forster, Izaguirre, Mulgrew, Loovens, Majstorovic, Wilson, Rogne, Brown, Commons, Ki, Forrest, Maloney, Hooper, McCourt, Stokes, Samaras, Murphy, Zaluska, Juarez, Cha, McGinn.

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Hearts v Celtic preview

Date published: Tuesday 9th November 2010 12:26

Hearts winger David Templeton is a doubt to face the Bhoys after suffering a dead leg in Sunday’s Edinburgh derby.

But Suso Santana could be a straight replacement after missing the win at Hibernian amid concerns over his knee problem.

Manager Jim Jefferies has a few other minor concerns following a bruising derby and is still without Andrew Driver (thigh), David Obua (groin) and Lee Wallace (knee).

Thomas Rogne is suspended for the trip to Tynecastle.

The Norwegian defender was sent off in Saturday’s 9-0 win over Aberdeen and was handed an automatic one-game ban.

Striker Daryl Murphy has recovered from an ankle injury and is back in contention but James Forrest continues his rehabilitation from the same complaint.

Hearts (from): Kello, Barr, Bouzid, Zaliukas, Stevenson, Palazuelos, Templeton, Elliot, Elliott, Santana, Balogh, Kyle, Jonsson, Mrowiec, J Thomson, C Thomson, Skacel, Novikovas.

Celtic (from): Forster, Cha Du-Ri, Majstorovic, Izaguirre, Ledley, McGinn, Hooiveld, Ki, Juarez, Stokes, Hooper, McCourt, Maloney, Samaras, Mulgrew, Zaluska, Towell, Wilson, Loovens, Murphy.

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