John McGlynn has admitted that the international break has left him unsure of the fitness of some of his stars for this weekend.

Ryan McGowan played 90 minutes for Australia in South Korea on Tuesday, and Scotland U21 trio Jason Holt, Calum Paterson and Kevin McHattie all started against Portugal.

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Andrew Webster and Darren Barr also travelled to Luxembourg with Scotland, but not one of the Jambo jet-setters have made the journey back home yet.

Speaking to the media at Riccarton this morning, John said: "I've had a number of players away on international duty and they're still not back. We've got a game against St Mirren on Saturday, it's now Thursday and I still don't have McGowan, Webster, Barr, Holt, Paterson and McHattie back.

"Selfishly, that's my priority as that's the only thing I can control; the players. And here we have a massive game against St Mirren with a full house and all week I've been denied the opportunity to have these players.

"That's the most difficult and challenging thing for me this week, and still is as we sit here."

When asked to speculate on his missing players' fitness, John responded: "Andrew Webster and Darren Barr didn't get off the bench last night for Scotland, so other than being a wee bit tired they should be fine.

"Ryan McGowan played a full game for Australia against South Korea, he'll be in an airport or on a plane as we speak.

"Jason Holt came off with a back injury yesterday for Scotland U21s, but we think he should be okay, but that's only coming from the lads themselves."

The Gorgie gaffer also has other injury concerns on his mind. "Mehdi will train today, he had a chest infection earlier in the week so he starts back today," he said. "Ryan Stevenson has picked up a bug, we're not really sure about him but he won't train today, we'll need to see how he develops tomorrow.

On HeartsTV today - John McGlynn and Dylan McGowan's pre-match press conference IN FULL.

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