Artero return boosts Dundee

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The Dundee player-manager Ivano Bonetti is set to welcome back Javier Artero for today's Scottish Premier League trip to Hearts.

Bonetti will be without a number of key players but Artero's return is a welcome boost. The Spanish winger returns to the squad for the first time since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in the summer.

"Javier has been training very hard and he is again in my thoughts," said Bonetti. "This could be the time to see him start a game again, and if he does, we will all be happy."

Dundee will definitely be without the defender Fan Zhiyi, who is suspended. The striker Fabian Caballero is doubtful after limping off against Dundee United last week and Beto Garrido, Mark Robertson and Alessandro Romano are all struggling for fitness.

Hearts are boosted by the return of the striker Andy Kirk. The Northern Ireland international has fully recovered from injury and his return will offer some respite for the head coach Craig Levein. The Tynecastle manager has seen his team lose six of their last seven league games and fallen to ninth as a cash crisis bites at the club.

Dunfermline welcome back Michel Doesburg and Davie Nicholls for their trip to Dundee United after injury absences. However their manager, Jimmy Calderwood, still has a major doubt over the midfielder Gary Mason (back), and Chris McGroarty is definitely ruled out with a groin injury.

Aberdeen are set to recall the former Scotland Under-21 international Russell Anderson to the side for the visit of Motherwell. The 23-year-old has recovered from the serious knee injury which has seen him sidelined for a year.

Kilmarnock are boosted by the return of Craig Dargo and Andy McLaren ahead of their home match against St Johnstone. But their manager Bobby Williamson has injury doubts over the strikers Michel Ngongé and Christophe Cocard.

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