Motherwell v Hearts preview

Michael Higdon could play some part for Motherwell. The striker

missed last weekend’s draw against Kilmarnock with a thigh injury

and had been expected to miss the Fir Park encounter, but he has

returned to training and could feature on Sunday if there is no

reaction. Hearts will be without Stephen Elliott after he suffered

a hamstring injury early in the 4-1 Europa League win over Paks,

while captain Marius Zaliukas was also substituted and could be a

doubt for the trip to Fir Park. David Obua could be absent again

after missing the Paks game, but Jamie Hamill is available

following a domestic suspension, while Andy Webster (groin) and

Mehdi Taouil (groin) are expected to miss out along with long-term

absentees Kevin Kyle (hip) and Calum Elliot (knee). Motherwell

(from): Randolph, Hateley, Hammell, Craigan, Hutchinson, Jennings,

Lasley, Law, Humphrey, Murphy, Higdon, Saunders, McHugh, Forbes,

Smith, Lawless, Pollock, Hollis. Hearts (from): Kello, McGowan,

Zaliukas, Jonsson, Grainger, Black, Mrowiec, Templeton, Stevenson,

Sutton, Balogh, MacDonald, Smith, Barr, Skacel, Novikovas, Obua,

Hamill, McGowan.