Nade returns to face the music

However, he will come come back to a letter from the Tynecastle club inviting him and a representative to attend a meeting next week to put his side of the story.

"He had to go to France because of a family problem," manager Jim Jefferies told Edinburgh Evening News.

"He's about to receive a letter in the next couple of days that will let him know the result of the internal inquiry."

Jefferies' more immediate concern is the trip to Aberdeen in the SPL and the Hearts boss warned his players to be ready for a Dons backlash.

Mark McGhee's men were victims of a shock Active Nation Scottish Cup fifth-round replay defeat by Irn-Bru First Division side Raith Rovers last week.

To add to the turmoil currently enveloping Pittodrie, the Dons were beaten in the SPL by struggling Falkirk on Saturday after which followed a frank dressing room discussion between McGhee and his players.

Hearts were knocked out of the Scottish Cup by Aberdeen in January but head to the Granite City with some confidence after back-to-back wins over Falkirk and Hamilton. But Jefferies believes the Dons will be desperate to bring to an end their current troubles.

"They will be smarting from their defeats recently and there has been a talk-in up there but we'll go there and concentrate on ourselves," the Tynecastle boss told Hearts.TV.

"We're expecting them to show, as they did the last time they played Hearts, that they are a good side.

"But our Scottish Cup defeat up there is in the past and all we can control is what happens in the future.

"We are buoyed by our two last results and need to build on them.

"There is a bit of breathing space between us and Aberdeen and we want to try to widen that gap as they have a game in hand.

"So it's a big game for us."

Source: Team Talk