Aberdeen v Hearts preview

Hearts are preparing for the clash without skipper Marius Zaliukas

amid the continuing impasse over his contract negotiations. David

Obua has joined the injury list after suffering a groin strain

while training with Uganda and Ian Black is doubtful after breaking

two bones in his hand. Stephen Elliott returns from a hamstring

injury but Andrew Driver (thigh) and Lee Wallace (knee) remain on

the sidelines. Chris Maguire is back from suspension for Aberdeen’s

SPL game against Hearts at Pittodrie. Andrius Velicka (ankle), Paul

Hartley (hamstring), Sone Aluko (Achilles), Fraser Fyvie (knee) and

Peter Pawlett (toe) remain on the sidelines. Dons boss Mark McGhee

said all his injured players are making progress but will not be

taking any risks. Aberdeen (from): Howard, Ifil, Diamond,

Considine, McArdle, Folly, Young, Paton, Jack, Vernon, Mackie,

Magennis, Megginson, Jarvis, Maguire, Langfield, Hansson,

Shaughnessy. Hearts (from): Kello, Barr, Bouzid, Stevenson, Glen,

Palazuelos, Templeton, Elliot, Elliott, Santana, Balogh, Kyle,

Jonsson, Mrowiec, J Thomson, C Thomson, Skacel, Novikovas.