Hearts defender Michael Smith resumes light training - and could be fit for cup semi-final

Hearts defender Michael Smith has resumed light training and stands a chance of being fit for the Jambos’ William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final with Inverness Caledonian Thistle on April 13, according to reports.

The 30-year-old has been sidelined since early February after sustaining a thigh injury during the 4-0 Scottish Cup win over Auchinleck Talbot.

Hearts boss Craig Levein feared the right-back could be out for up to 12 weeks, but the Northern Ireland international has already undergone at least one light running session with club physio Craig Maitland.

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And The Sun reports that, while Hearts won’t rush the former Peterborough full-back’s recovery, Smith should regain fitness in time to play a part in the Hampden cup clash against the Highlanders.

Michael Smith could return to action in time for the Scottish Cup semi-final with Inverness. Picture: SNS Group

Smith has filled in at left-back, left midfield, defensive midfield, centre-back and right-wingback as well as his favoured right-back since joining Hearts, with his versatility proving crucial at times when the Jambos have had a lengthy injury list.

Youngsters Jamie Brandon and Marcus Godinho have been filling the right-back berth in Smith’s absence while Clevid Dikamona has also operated at full-back on occasion.