First Team

Craig confident of Uche's derby return

2nd April 2019

Craig Levein has confirmed that Uche Ikpeazu will miss tomorrow night’s trip to Ibrox but is confident he’ll make this weekend’s Edinburgh derby.

The towering striker was stretchered off the park on Saturday, moments after hitting the winner against Aberdeen, after an aerial collision left him flat out on the Tynecastle turf.

The manager revealed that although the 24-year-old feels okay, the club won’t take any risks because of the nature of his injury.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference this morning, Craig said: “He’s good. He won’t make the Rangers game but I’m pretty confident he’ll be okay for Saturday.

“The guidelines are pretty strict. He was fine on Sunday morning when I spoke to him and he’s passed all of the tests so far, and feels good.

“I’ve left it with the medical department. They tell me everything is fine, he says he’s fine, we’re applying the strict guidelines and provided everything goes well for the rest of the week – and I don’t see why it wouldn’t – then he should be available for the Hibs match.”

The win over Aberdeen takes the Jambos to within two points of the fourth-placed Dons, and attentions now turn to Wednesday night’s match against Rangers.

Craig admits that while Ibrox is a tough place to go, his side will be going there looking for all three points.

“It’s not an easy place to win,” he said. “I thought that the last time we were there this season we played very well but just didn’t manage to get what our play deserved. I’m hopeful that we can go there, put on a good show and pick up all three points.

“It’s sometimes not easy to say exactly how each game is going to pan out. I think the important thing is our intent to go there and try to win the game, and that’s what we’ll be trying to do.”

Craig’s pre-match press conference is available to watch on HeartsTV by clicking here.