Lee Wallace missed Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Alloa with a minor knock so Stevie Smith deputised for him in defence.

Although he was able to complete the full game, he hurt his calf and needed treatment at Murray Park today.

Richard Foster, the only other player in the pool who has experience on the left side of the back line, also had to be replaced in the second half of the meeting with the Wasps.

Ryan Sinnamon and 16-year-old Ross McCrorie have played at left-back for Gordon Durie’s Development League side lately and would be options for McCoist in a selection crisis.

But he is hopeful he’ll have at least one senior player to call upon in that part of the pitch for the crucial trip to Tynecastle.

McCoist said: “We’ve got a few people in the treatment room at the moment seeing the physio, including Smudger and Richard.

“Stevie Walker is quite pleased with them though. That might sound like a contradiction in terms but he doesn’t think their injuries are too serious.

“We are hopeful Lee will be available for the weekend. It’s still early in the week but I’d say the news on our problems there is more promising than not.

“Hopefully it’ll keep easing because having both our left-backs out would be a problem, particularly when Richard might be out as well and can play there.

“It’s too early to make assumptions on who will be fit and who won’t be but at this stage I’d remain very positive we will have a good squad to pick from.”

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