Arvydas Novikovas is doubtful and Darren Barr could also miss out as Hearts bid to bounce back from their William Hill Scottish Cup elimination at home to Aberdeen.
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Winger Novikovas suffered an ankle injury and midfielder Barr a knock in the 1-0 Edinburgh derby loss at Hibernian. Barr is also suffering from shin splints, which will need to be monitored.
Jason Holt (ankle), Dylan McGowan (hip) and Danny Grainger (knee) will miss the Clydesdale Bank Premier League fixture with the Dons, while Jamie Hamill is continuing his rehabilitation from his knee injury.
Aberdeen winger Ryan Fraser will miss out with a hip injury after rejecting a new contract offer from the Dons.
Stephen Hughes is nearing a return but Gary Naysmith has suffered a setback in his bid to overcome a calf problem.
Rory Fallon should recover from a dead leg but Ryan Jack, Rob Milsom, Chris Clark, Clark Robertson and Isaac Osbourne remain out.
Hearts (from): MacDonald, R McGowan, Webster, Zaliukas, McHattie, Paterson, Barr, Taouil, Novikovas, Sutton, Driver, Robinson, Walker, Enckelman, Stevenson, King, Ridgers, Smith.
Aberdeen (from): Langfield, Considine, Reynolds, Anderson, Masson, Hayes, McGinn, Smith, Fallon, Vernon, Magennis, Jason Brown, Shaughnessy, Murray, McManus, Rae, Jordon Brown, Rogers, Robertson, Fraser, Osbourne, Megginson, Hughes.