Hearts manager Craig Levein recovering well at home after hospital treatment and will pick the team to face St Mirren

30 Aug

Craig Levein will not be at Hearts’ Premiership clash against St Mirren on Saturday as he continues his recovery from illness, but he will pick the team.

Levein was taken to hospital on Monday morning to undergo emergency treatment for what was understood to be a heart-related issue.

Craig Levein is in his second spell at Hearts manager

While the 53-year-old is now back home and progressing well, it is unclear when he will return to the dugout.

Assistant manager Austin MacPhee – who will take control during Saturday’s game – said: “He’s recovering well.

“He’s home now and he’s in very good spirits and we are all delighted that that’s the case.

“Craig will pick the team at the weekend.”

MacPhee added: “It was a massive shock for us all. (Owner) Ann Budge phoned me on Monday morning and when you first hear news about someone you are close to, it’s shocking news.

“The best thing is that a couple of hours later we had positive news and he was already on the road to recovery. He’ll be back as soon as he can.”

Demetri Mitchell is back at Hearts after a successful loan spell last season

Hearts re-signed Demetri Mitchell on loan on Tuesday and are bidding to bring Dundee forward Craig Wighton to Tynecastle.

And Levein has been involved with MacPhee and owner Ann Budge during a busy week ahead of Friday’s transfer deadline.

“I have been speaking to him every day and working with Ann on the transfers,” MacPhee said. “He is fully abreast on all the developments.”