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Kyle: Faces late fitness test

Kyle: Faces late fitness test

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Hearts will make late decisions on the fitness of striker Kevin Kyle and midfielder Rudi Skacel ahead of the game.

Kyle (groin) and Skacel (calf) missed Tuesday's win at Kilmarnock, but manager Jim Jefferies may risk them against the defending SPL champions as Hearts seek to maintain their challenge at the top of the table.

Calum Elliot is also doubtful, while long-term injury absentees Andrew Driver (thigh) and Suso Santana (knee) are nearing returns.

Rangers are boosted by the return of Madjid Bougherra from suspension.

Steven Naismith could also be in contention for the visit to Tynecastle after being sidelined with a hamstring injury.

Sasa Papac faces a fitness test on a groin strain, while long-term casualty Kirk Broadfoot remains on the sidelines with a foot injury.

Hearts (from): Kello, Barr, Bouzid, Zaliukas, Stevenson, Palazuelos, Templeton, Elliot, Elliott, Balogh, Kyle, Skacel, Jonsson, Mrowiec, C Thomson, Novikovas, Wallace, Obua, J Thomson, Kucharski.

Rangers (from): McGregor, Whittaker, Foster, Weir, Webster, Davis, McCulloch, Ness, Edu, Weiss, Fleck, Beattie, Jelavic, Lafferty, McMillan, Kerkar, Wylde, Alexander, Naismith, Bougherra.

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