Christophe Berra will decide himself if he’s fit to make a return to face Rangers at Tynecastle on Sunday.
The Jambos captain has been out of action since limping off with a torn hamstring against Celtic in August.
The Scotland international was initially ruled out for six months but he’s returned three months ahead of schedule.
He stunned boss Craig Levein featured in the first-half of last night’s friendly tie against Linlithgow Rose.
The Tynecastle boss revealed: “Most of the onus will be on him. I don’t know how it feels so he has to be honest with us. At his age and with his experience he will be pretty accurate with his information, I’m sure.
“He is a massive player and he has done a fair bit of training and he feels ready to play.
“When it is someone like him, while we are involved in discussions with the physio, he knows himself better than anybody else, knows his body better than anybody else, and last night was quite important so we will see how he feels.
“I’m not saying he is definitely going to play on Sunday but I’m definitely not ruling him out.”
Third placed Hearts welcome Rangers to Tynecastle in a bid to claw their way back to the top of the table.