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Hearts RewardsHearts head coach Valdas Ivanauskas is back in Edinburgh and he will resume his role at Riccarton on Monday following a period of leave, granted to him as a result of ill-health.

The former Hamburg striker will have a watching brief at Inverness tomorrow, before taking training again on Monday morning at the club's training base.

This afternoon he told Hearts World of his delight at returning to his previous role at Tynecastle.

Valdas prepares for training

Hearts DirectSpeaking exclusively he said: "It was long, but it was also a short time but I needed this rest because it was very hard and now I feel very good. I start on Monday with the team. My problems are my problems, but now I feel good and ready.

"We need points now. Our priority is the next game against Inverness. Our situation is not good, but I think it has been a learning time. Tomorrow we need three points and after tomorrow's game we will see what the situation is. Our situation needs points."

The Hearts' boss met his players at Riccarton before they headed for Inverness this afternoon. The meeting was brief.

Full time joy from the head coach

Valdas said: "I wished them good luck for tomorrow's game and said to them that we need points, fight and that it will be a hard game in Inverness. Tomorrow I think we will be ready."

Now Valdas' main aim is to get the team back winning, because of the positive effect that will have upon the rest of the club.

He added: "I think the first thing is that we need one win because psychologically it is very important because we need points and I think if we win games it will be a better situation in the table and the training pitch"

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