|The Edinburgh derby takes centre stage tomorrow evening as Hibs host Hearts in the Scottish Premiership. Hearts manager Craig Levein plans to give his walking wounded until the last possible minute to prove their fitness ahead of the game. This is the fourth Edinburgh derby of the season and the manager has revealed that the centre-back pairing of Christophe Berra and John Souttar are both carrying knocks. Levein remains hopeful both names will be on his teamsheet. He said: "I'm hopeful Christophe will be fit to play, and John Souttar. John’s got a hamstring problem and Christophe got a bang on the head. We've followed all of the correct procedures and he wasn’t concussed, so I’m hopeful. The problem actually isn’t so much the bang on the head but he had an injection on his ankle to play on Sunday. That’s causing him a little bit of bother as well, so a few sticking plasters are required but I’m hopeful he’ll be fine. They’re both desperate to play and I’m hopeful that they’ll both be fine. It might be that we’re last minute for one of two of them. We’ll just have to see."
Hearts will be looking for a win to cut the gap between the two clubs to six points. While three points may be the aim, Levein knows there is much more at stake in this meeting between two old rivals. He said: "It's always a massive game. I love this fixture and it’s always a big game. There’s only three points at stake, I get that, but for me there is more importance attached to this than a lot of matches that we play, just because of the nature of the game and the rivalry between the two clubs and the supporters. We do hope, obviously, that we come out of the game six points behind."
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