Hearts v Alloa preview

Date published: Monday 24th August 2015 2:20

Hearts v Alloa preview

The midfielder has not featured since the last time they played the Wasps at the beginning of October but he hopes to be able to play a part this weekend.
With Osman Sow sidelined until next month and Soufian El Hassnaoui rated doubtful, his return would be a welcome lift for manager Robbie Neilson, who admits his side are in for a thorough examination against the Wasps.
“I thought they did well against Hibs who took a while to break them down, so if we’re going to get three points, we’ll need to earn them,” he said.
“It took us 87 minutes to beat Alloa the last time at Recreation Park; if it takes us 87 minutes this time, so be it, as long as we get the three points.”
Alloa’s injury crisis looks to finally be clearing up with the entire squad taking some part in training this week as they prepare for the trip to face the unbeaten league leaders.
Manager Barry Smith told the Advertiser: “I think our injury list was an extreme case and I hope that doesn’t happen again, but I think it showed that we do have a good squad here at Alloa because in games where the full squad had to play we have competed well. 
“That doesn’t mean, however, that I wouldn’t like to add a couple of new faces just to freshen things up.”

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