Hearts over sickness bug, fit and ready for visit of Aberdeen

Celtic's Partick Roberts scores his side;s third goal against Hearts during the Ladbroke's Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park, Glasgowon Saturday April 2, 2016. 

Hearts have beaten the sickness bug which forced the postponement of their midweek trip to Inverness as all affected players reported fit ahead of the visit of Aberdeen.

The Edinburgh side succeeded with a request to postpone Tuesday's game after only eight first-team players boarded the coach to the Highlands.

After two days away, head coach Robbie Neilson reported a clean bill of health as players returned to training on Thursday morning.

Neilson said: "Everyone is fine. We shut down the training ground for two days and that allowed everyone to get over the virus and get some rest before the game (on Friday) night."

The sickness bug came at an inopportune time as Hearts host Aberdeen on Friday in a game they need to target to fulfil their slim hopes of finishing second in the Ladbrokes Premiership.

"It has changed the way we usually prepare," Neilson said.

"We usually build up for four days before a game. Unfortunately this week we only have one day but it just means (Thursday) is an important day for us. We have to make the players understand what we want to do and cram everything into one session.

"It's a huge game and sometimes you can have too much build-up to a game. Sometimes it's good not to focus on it and just come in and be ready to go." 

    P   W D L F A   W D L F A   GD PTS
1   Celtic 32   12 3 1 44   10 4 2 32 15   52 73
2   Aberdeen 32   11 4 1 26 13   10 1 5 29 21   21 68
3   Hearts 31   10 3 2 31 15   6 5 5 21 17   20 56

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