Daniel Stendel is looking forward to welcoming Steven Naismith, John Souttar and Conor Washington back into the fold for Saturday’s Scottish Cup tie against Airdrieonians.
The trio have all trained since the first team returned to the training pitch following a short winter break and the manager has no hesitation about involving all three at Tynecastle this weekend.
Daniel also revealed that the club is working tirelessly to add to the squad during the transfer window, and is hopeful progress will be made on that front in the near future.
Speaking to HeartsTV, he said: “Yes, Souttar and Naismith could play on Saturday, also Washington. He played for 15 minutes in the last game against Aberdeen but he was not 100% fit.
“I hoped that he could maybe score to make it 2-1 for us, especially with his pace, but we knew before that he needs time to train and he’s had no games like John Souttar.
“All three are important players for us. We hope that they stay fit and can play in the second part of the season, so much more than they played in the first.
“I think we have some ‘new players’ in the squad that we missed in the first half.
“For us it is important that we can play similar to the last game against Aberdeen, It was a big step forward from our performances, from our style of play. I think the one and only thing we missed was scoring goals.
“We work on this but a goalscorer you cannot bake in a bakery, you need to maybe bring some players in or other players need more confidence to score the goals that we need.
“We work hard to change it and I hope that we can bring some players in. In training all the players want to stay in front but I think we need some quality to score more goals.
“It’s sometimes hard, for every club in January, to find the right player for the right money. But I can say that the club work hard to help us to bring the players in.
“I hope that we can give news this week and we can bring some players in. We are very close to signing and I hope in the next days we can say yes.”
Daniel’s interview is available to watch on freeview by clicking here.