Welcome boost for Hearts as midfield duo return to training – but Don Cowie still struggling

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BY ALAN TEMPLE – @CCP_Sport

HEARTS’ midfield crisis has been eased after Ross Callachan and Harry Cochrane returned to training – however the Jambos are sweating over the fitness of Don Cowie.

Callachan, who has enjoyed a blistering start to his career in the capital since arriving from Raith Rovers, missed Saturday’s 2-1 win over Ross County due to a calf strain.

Cowie and Cochrane were also forced off due knocks in Dingwall, meaning teenager Euan Henderson was drafted into action, while on-loan Liverpool kid Connor Randall was shown a red card.

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The costly triumph in the Highlands prompted fears that Hearts would be left short of numbers in the middle of the park for this weekend’s encounter against St Johnstone at Murrayfield.

However, Callachan returned to action on Monday and, providing their are no ill-affects in the coming days, is in line to come back in to the side for the visit of the Perth Saints.

Cochrane’s impressive outing against County was cut short after he suffered a nasty gash to his foot after being caught by Craig Curran. However, there has been no serious damage and he will also be in contention.

Cowie, however, faces a race against time if he is to play any part. The former Scotland international, who has been superb in the Jambos’ recent revival under Craig Levein, did not take part in training yesterday as he struggles with a calf complaint.

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