Robbie Neilson has shared Hearts’ plan for Ellis Simms to make sure he’s totally match for the Scottish Cup ultimate.
The on-loan Everton striker has began the final two video games on the bench, however Neilson admitted the entrance man has had a groin situation for the final couple of months and the membership have been managing him by way of video games.
It probably means he’ll be used sparingly forward of the May 21 conflict with Rangers at Hampden.
“Simms has an issue along with his groin,” Neilson instructed the Edinburgh Evening News. “He’s had it for six or eight weeks now and we’re simply attempting to handle it.
“We have an eye fixed on the cup ultimate. If we simply hold enjoying him and hold enjoying him, we’ll get to the cup ultimate and he gained’t be 100 per cent. We are hopeful we will handle it.”
Stephen Kingsley was an unused substitute for Saturday’s 1-1 draw at house to Ross County, however wasn’t match to participate.
Andy Halliday got here off the bench regardless of current harm troubles, whereas a flare up of Cammy Devlin’s hamstring drawback dominated him out.
Neilson hopes to have all three again quickly sufficient, alongside Aaron McEneff and Michael Smith, who hasn’t featured as a result of a again situation.
“We are at a stage within the season the place we’re selecting shapes for the gamers that we’ve got match as a way to get them within the staff,” Neilson defined.
“We hope we can have a pair extra again for subsequent week, after which one other couple for the cup ultimate. Then we will begin taking a look at how we wish to play slightly than how we have to play.
“This week I anticipate Kingsley again in, Halliday performed on Saturday, I anticipate Devlin to be spherical about it, doubtlessly Smith and possibly McEneff as effectively. That offers us 5 gamers and it’s huge for us.
“On Saturday, we had Kingsley, Halliday and Simms who had been all on the bench however not match to play, actually. Stephen couldn’t, Andy had a knock and we weren’t certain however he bought 20 minutes.
“It was the identical with Simms. Another week’s coaching and they need to be alright.”
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