St Johnstone v Hearts preview
St Johnstone boss Steve Lomas will ask David McCracken if he is
ready to return early from his fractured cheekbone against Hearts
as Saints face an injury crisis in defence.
Defenders Steven Anderson, Frazer Wright and skipper Dave Mackay
are out suspended while midfielder Chris Millar is also banned
after being red carded in the 1-1 draw against St Mirren last
McCracken had to have surgery after picking up the injury when
he clashed heads with Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama during the
1-1 draw at Parkhead on November 11. Craig Beattie, Jamie Adams and
David Robertson are all injured.
Hearts midfielder Scott Robinson is unlikely to travel St
Johnstone and faces a meeting over his future on Monday after his
refusal to participate against Aberdeen.
Medhi Taouil (groin) is out of the trip to Perth, joining Danny
Grainger (knee), Jason Holt (ankle) and Jamie Hamill (knee) in
Arvydas Novikovas (ankle) could return after missing the Dons
win, Dylan McGowan is available again following a hip problem,
while Ryan Stevenson is fit after coming off at half-time against
Aberdeen following a head knock.