Hearts will be without Danny Grainger for the Clydesdale Bank Premier League fixture with Celtic.
The left-back is expected to be out for around three months with a knee injury which could yet require surgery after suffering a partial tear of his anterior cruciate ligament in Saturday's 0-0 draw at Motherwell.
Kevin McHattie could deputise or Ryan McGowan could switch flanks from right-back. Right-back Jamie Hamill (knee) is still unavailable.
Kelvin Wilson returns to the Celtic squad.
The Hoops defender missed Saturday's 1-0 home SPL defeat by Inverness with flu.
Defender Charlie Mulgrew (virus) and midfielder Paddy McCourt (knock) are doubts, while left-back Emilio Izaguirre could be ready for Saturday's Scottish Cup match against Arbroath following his recovery from a hamstring complaint.
Hearts (from): MacDonald, R McGowan, Webster, Zaliukas, McHattie, Paterson, Barr, Taouil, Novikovas, Sutton, Driver, Robinson, Holt, D McGowan, Walker, Enckelman, Stevenson, King, Ridgers.
Celtic (from): Forster, Matthews, Lustig, Wilson, Ambrose, Brown, Mulgrew, Wanyama, McGeouch, Commons, Lassad, Miku, Kayal, Samaras, Hooper, McCourt, Watt, Zaluska, Chalmers.