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Hearts set to benefit from big freeze

Hearts set to benefit from big freeze
By PA Sport

18/12/2010 at 23:53

Hearts will draw level with Celtic in second place in the SPL and within three points of leaders Rangers if they overcome Inverness at home.

Jim Jefferies's side host Terry Butcher's Inverness at Tynecastle, while Kilmarnock host Hibernian in the only matches in the SPL to beat the big freeze.

The weather has once again wreaked havoc in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League with Celtic's clash at Hamilton joining those postponed.

A Saturday morning inspection at New Douglas Park saw the match called off.

The games at Aberdeen and St Johnstone were postponed on Friday.

Rangers' meeting with St Mirren was postponed on Thursday due to significant water damage at Ibrox caused by the recent thaw after severe weather conditions.

Games off in Scotland:

Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League

Aberdeen v Motherwell

Hamilton v Celtic

Rangers v St Mirren

St Johnstone v Dundee United

Irn-Bru First Division

Queen of the South v Morton

Raith v Cowdenbeath

Ross County v Dunfermline

Irn-Bru Second Division

Ayr Utd v Forfar Athletic

Brechin City v East Fife

Dumbarton v Peterhead

Stenhousemuir v Livingston

Irn-Bru Third Division

Albion Rovers v Annan Athletic

Berwick v Montrose

Clyde v Arbroath

Stranraer v East Stirling

Games on:

Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League

Hearts v Inverness

Ian Black and Eggert Jonsson are expected to be available for Hearts' Clydesdale Bank Premier League meeting with Inverness on Saturday following illness.

The duo missed Tuesday's win at Motherwell - Hearts' sixth straight success - with their places going to Ryan Stevenson and Darren Barr.

Lee Wallace (knee), Andrew Driver (thigh) and David Obua (groin) are working their way back but still require practice matches, while Suso Santana (knee) and Jason Thomson (ankle) remain out.

Inverness midfielder Nick Ross is back in contention after illness saw him left on the bench during last weekend's draw against Rangers.

Kenny Gillet, Chris Innes and Gil Blumenshtein are all pushing for comebacks but are unlikely to face the Hearts.

David Proctor and Kevin McCann both remain on the sidelines with knee injuries.

Kilmarnock v Hibernian

Hibernian have no fresh concerns as they prepare to travel to Kilmarnock for their first Clydesdale Bank Premier League fixture in three weeks.

Hibs were last in action in the 0-0 draw with St Johnstone on November 27, a match Valdas Trakys missed due to a knock and Derek Riordan and Paul Hanlon sat out due to suspension. All three are available for the trip to Rugby Park.

Darryl Duffy (foot), Graham Stack (back) and Merouane Zemmama (knee) are back in training but are unlikely to return to competitive action until early in the new year.

Kilmarnock are likely to have an unchanged squad.

Defender Steven Old has finished his loan spell with Cowdenbeath, but has picked up an injury.

James Dayton and Alan Combe remain on the long-term injury list.