Levein to avoid 'silly' changes

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The Hearts side that will host NK Zeljeznicar tonight will be much changed since their last European outing against Stuttgart in 2000.

Only Steven Pressley, Scott Severin, Andy Kirk and Robbie Neilsen remain from those days, but manager Craig Levein is confident his players have what it takes to win against the Bosnian team, despite their lack of European experience.

He said: "There are guys in our team who have played international football which is a different style of football to the normal run-of-the-mill Scottish game.

"So I think we have got the quality of player to adapt to European football. But I'm not planning on us playing some vastly different style than we have been playing because I think that would be silly."

Midfielder Phil Stamp may miss the match as he has had an X-ray on a foot injury, and although it is not broken, he is rated doubtful. His place will be taken by either Steven Boyack or Paul Hartley. Goalkeeper Tepi Moilanen should be available despite having stitches in his mouth after a collision with Rangers striker Egil Ostenstad on Sunday.

Dundee manager Jim Duffy has no injury or suspension worries ahead of their home tie against Perugia. Lee Mair has a cold but he should be well enough to remain in contention for the visit of the Italian side.

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