First Team

Craig prepares to welcome Clare back

26th April 2019

Craig Levein hopes to have the services of Sean Clare for Sunday’s Edinburgh derby but admits Peter Haring won’t make it in time.

Clare was a late casualty ahead of the Jambos Ladbrokes Premiership defeat to Rangers last week, pulling out of the starting XI during the warm up.

The midfielder has trained this week and could be in contention for an appearance at Easter Road on Sunday, but the manager has revealed that Haring will be absent for the final capital clash of the season though he should be fine for the remainder of the campaign.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference today, Craig said: “Peter had an injection this week. He’ll miss this weekend and all being well he’ll be available for the rest of the matches.

“Sean’s better. He’s trained this week. Clevid (Dikamona) is better. He’s been training and I consider him back in the frame as well. He’s obviously building his fitness up but he’s injury free, which is good.”

Hearts meet Hibs for the second time in three weeks after the two sides faced off at Tynecastle earlier in the month.

The manager isn’t expecting too many differences in the way the teams will approach the game, but he points to the December win at Easter Road – courtesy of Olly Lee’s wonder strike – as evidence that the men in maroon have what it takes to regain the city’s bragging rights.

“I go into this game with the same feelings I have with these matches all the time, which is one of excitement,” he said. “We need to do what we do and we need to do it with a calmness that allows us to think clearly during the match and that will help us to win.

“You don’t have to go back too far to see us winning at Easter Road. If we do manage to get a victory then it’ll be the first time in 22 years or something that we’ve gone down there twice and got all six points.

“I’m going into this game hugely positive. Our supporters are rightly angry if we don’t play well and if we do play well then they’re happy.

“This is a game that is as pure and simple as that.”

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