Hearts midfielder Scott Robinson returns from a two-match ban for the Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash against Dundee United.
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Andy Webster (hip) and Jason Holt (ankle) are expected to shake off minor injuries but Callum Paterson is out for three months following surgery on his foot.
Jamie Hamill has returned to training but is not ready for the first team following a cruciate ligament injury, the same problem that keeps Danny Grainger on the sidelines.
Dundee United are hoping full-back Keith Watson shakes off some tightness in his knee to face Hearts in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
Midfielder Stuart Armstrong is back from Scotland Under-21 international duty in Greece in midweek and appears to have suffered no ill-reaction.
Manager Jackie McNamara has no other injury concerns.
Dundee United (from): Cierzniak, Watson, Dillon, Gunning, Douglas, McLean, Ryan, Millar, Flood, Rankin, Armstrong, Mackay-Steven, Russell, Daly, Gardyne, Gauld, Dow, Souttar, Banks.
Hearts (from): MacDonald, McHattie, Wilson, Barr, Webster, Zaliukas, Driver, Taouil, Carrick, Stevenson, McGowan, Ngoo, Tapping, Holt, Walker, Sutton, Prychynenko, Ridgers, Novikovas, Robinson.