Driver knows he has to walk before he canrun

ANDREW DRIVERScotland left-back Lee Wallace has bruising on his ankle and missed training on Thursday, but manager Jim Jefferies is optimistic he could be available for the game against Dundee United. However, Kevin Kyle (groin) and Calum Elliot (knee) look set to miss out. Winger Andrew Driver hopes an injury nightmare is behind him and insists his international future lies with Scotland. Scotland meet Brazil at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium on 27 March, and with Driver's eligibility question-mark now resolved he could be given his debut by national manager Craig Levein. Driver, who has made three appearances as a substitute this season, is keen to play against the country which has produced five World Cup-winning teams, but knows he must first win back his place in the Hearts team, starting against United.

The winger said: "It would be a good game to play in - everyone will be looking forward to that one (against Brazil). I'm not even going to think about it, I'm more bothered if I play at the weekend and the next few games for Hearts. With Hearts doing so well, you've got to look at the first step - I've got to do well to get back in the team as it is. Hopefully down the line I'll be able to think about it (Scotland), but my first priority is obviously playing here.''

United's manager Peter Houston has doubts over Craig Conway and Morgaro Gomis who picked up knocks against Celtic last Sunday and have only done minimal training this week. They will have to pas late fitness tests if they are to be involved today. United will be definitely be without long-term injury-victims Mihael Kovacevic (knee), Darren Dods (knee) and Scott Severin (ankle). Houston admits it will be difficult to catch Hearts in the race for third place - but not an impossible mission. The Tangerines are 22 points behind Jefferies' side, albeit with four games in hand, as they look to finish in behind the Old Firm for the second successive season. Having nine game called off throughout the season has not allowed Houston's players to get into their stride, but if they can win at Tynecastle it will reinvigorate their European challenge. Houston said: "Hearts have a big lead and it is going to be very difficult to catch them. But our ambition is to still finish third and we won't give up on that until it's beyond us.''