Football - Hearts have defensive worries

Hearts' defensive concerns have deepened ahead of Sunday's Edinburgh derby clash with Hibernian as Darren Barr's one-game ban means he sits out the Easter Road encounter.

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The crisis-hit Jambos - who are without a boss after sacking John McGlynn, while speculation also mounts over the future of club owner Vladimir Romanov - are already missing long-term absentees Danny Grainger (knee), Jamie Hamill (knee) and Marius Zaliukas (ankle) from their back line, while injured midfielders Callum Patterson (foot) and Scott Robinson (knee) both remain sidelined too.

But their is good news for caretaker boss Gary Locke, with Mhedi Taouil expected to recover from a calf strain to play in the weekend Clydesdale Bank Premier League meeting in Leith.

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