First Team

Skipper to return

23rd October 2014

Robbie Neilson confident Danny Wilson will return to the fold for Sunday's derby.

Robbie Neilson has revealed that Danny Wilson should be fit to skipper Hearts in Sunday’s Edinburgh derby.

The captain missed last week’s thumping win over Dumbarton after picking up a hamstring injury in the 1-0 victory over Alloa the week previous, but the head coach believes Danny will take his place in the starting line-up at Easter Road this weekend.

Speaking at this morning’s pre-match press conference, Robbie said: “Hopefully Danny will come back into the team this week. He’ll train today, he’ll do full training so I don’t see any issues with him. As long as he gets through that today then he’ll be fine.

“It’s huge to have him back. He’s the captain of our team and he’s a leader. He’s one of our bigger players and it’s great to have his experience coming back into the team.

“Jordan McGhee came in and did fantastically well last week. He’s a top prospect and a great young player. He’s put on a great performance last week that puts pressure on the rest of the defence to make sure that they do things right.”

The head coach also hopes to have the services of top scorer Osman Sow on Sunday but thinks the game has come too quickly for another couple of his strikers.

“Osman should be fine,” he said. “He won’t train today but he’ll train Friday and Saturday and he’ll be ready for it.

“James Keatings has got a problem with his groin but we’ll assess him towards the end of the week.

“Dale Carrick will be out for a while as he’s got a problem with his hamstring. He injured himself about two weeks ago so he’ll be out, maximum a month.”

With the eyes of Scottish football upon Edinburgh this Sunday, Robbie insists that he’ll continue to prepare for the match as he would every other game.

“I don’t really get nervous or excited,” he revealed. “It’s another game. We prepare for it properly and we get ready for it. I can’t get carried away because my job is to keep them calm and keep them focused on it.

“It’s up to us to go out and play to our gameplan. We know what we’re going to do, Hibs will have their plans and what they’re going to do.

“It will be the team that keeps to their gameplan and remains level-headed that’ll win the game.”