HEARTS’ Brazilian defender Igor Rossi has been hit by a one-game ban and will miss his side’s trip to Hamilton in just under a fortnight’s time.
The rugged back-four operator’s booking in the 2-2 draw with St Johnstone on Saturday was his sixth in the Premiership and has triggered an automatic suspension.
The SFA confirmed Rossi must sit out the match at New Douglas Park on Monday, November 21 – the Tynecastle side’s first game after the break. He received a yellow card from referee Don Robertson after 77 minutes for a foul on Saints’ Blair Alston.
Rossi is a key component of Robbie Nielson’s defence and has been an ever-present for the Edinburgh club in the league this season. He also played in three of their four Europa League qualifiers during the summer, scoring twice against Infonet in Estonia.
His absence will almost certainly mean a recall for the Turkish centre-back Alim Ozturk, who has managed just three league appearances in this campaign.
Boss Neilson said: “Ozturk is having to be patient, Prince Buaben has had to be patient, so have others like Juwon Oshaniwa.
“It’s important that the guys wait for an opportunity, but it’s also important to be ready to come into the team. These guys will get game time because it’s a long season.”