Nade Happy To Be Back

The powerful front man spent the summer recovering from a hernia operation but admitted his desire to return to the first team has probably cost him in the long run.

The striker met the media at Riccarton today ahead of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Falkirk at Tynecastle and said he is desperate to remain involved having marked his return to the top team on Saturday by setting up Andrew Driver for the Jambos' leveller in Aberdeen.

"I am happy to be back now," he said. "I have been playing in the reserves and have tried to score goals and come back fit for the first team. I am ready now. "It has been frustrating. I was injured before the start of the season. Maybe I came back too early. I did a lot of work in pre-season to come back for the first team and maybe that was my mistake.

"I want to help the team to come back in the right way, win some games and I would be very happy to score to help us do that

" Much has been written about Hearts' lack of potency up front this season but the former Sheffield United forward added: "Yes, we need a striker to help us score goals but we haven't had a lot of clean sheets so we need to protect the defence as well.

Before thinking about winning a game you must think about not losing it." Eddie May's side are currently propping up the table but Christian insists both teams' positions are not true reflections of their campaign to date. "Maybe they shouldn't be bottom but we should not be in eighth so there is pressure on both teams on Saturday," he said.