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Ross County's Josh Sims and Dominic Samuel fit to face Hearts in Premiership opener – but latest arrival to Dingwall William Akio faces spell on sidelines with knee problem


By Andrew Henderson

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Ross County will have Josh Sims and Dominic Samuel fit to face Hearts this weekend – but William Akio will miss the trip to Tynecastle.

Sims was forced off in the first half against East Fife in the Premier Sports Cup, while Samuel missed the match altogether.

Josh Sims has recovered from a kick to his calf last weekend and is available to face Hearts. Picture: Ken Macpherson
Josh Sims has recovered from a kick to his calf last weekend and is available to face Hearts. Picture: Ken Macpherson

Akio, meanwhile, replaced Sims but then had to come off himself for the last 10 minutes with a knee problem.

Malky Mackay has revealed that Sims and Samuel have been back in training for most of the week, but Akio will remain on the sidelines.

"Josh was just a kick, but it was getting tight as the day went on," he said.

"He had one day off, then he was back training again.

"Dom jarred his wrist on the pitch at Alloa. He's back involved fine, he has trained this week, but he'll have a wee bit of protection on his wrist.

"Willy is not so good. He has sustained some knee damage, and we have to wait to see how long that's going to be.

"It's really unfortunate, but there was nothing he could do – his studs caught in the turf as he turned. It has been tender and sore this week, so we're dealing with that and we'll see.

"It's disappointing because of the impact he had when he came on, but he signed a long term contract here.

"That's what I told him – relax, because he has a long contract here, and it's a relatively short period he's going to be out."


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