Robbie Neilson insists his side will be ready to go against Aberdeen on Friday night, despite having been forced to close the club’s training ground for two days due to illness.
The majority of the Hearts squad was wiped out by a virus earlier in the week, which resulted in the postponement of the match against Inverness CT on Tuesday. The club’s Riccarton training base was subsequently closed on Tuesday and Wednesday in a bid to prevent the virus spreading further.
The players returned to training on Thursday morning, however, the Head Coach admits preparation for tomorrow’s Ladbrokes Premiership clash with the Dons has been less than ideal. Speaking to Hearts TV, Robbie said:
“It’s not ideal preparation, but we just have to deal with it. We’ve had the place cleared out for two days but everyone’s back fresh today and ready to go.
“We received a few texts on Sunday from players saying they weren’t feeling great, then on Monday morning a few more guys turned up and had to be sent home. The medical staff then advised us to try and get the game off so that we could isolate everyone.
“We were on on our way up north when it got called off. We only had one goalkeeper and a very young squad, there were only six recognised first team players on the bus.”
Despite the disruption to training, Robbie is confident his side will be raring to go come Friday night.
“Today’s session is really important, we usually take four days to run through everything so it’s all going into the one day’s training.
“But it’ll be a full house under the lights at Tynecastle, so there’ll be no issues about energy. As soon as they step onto the pitch they’ll be ready to go.
“We expect Aberdeen to come charging at us from the first whistle as they’ll be desperate to start the game well. The first ten, fifteen minutes are really important.”