The Jambos are currently sitting at the bottom of the SPFL Premiership with just three wins all season.
Having John Souttar back in defence has given the club a boost since the winter break but the Scotland defender missed Saturday’s Scottish Cup win over Falkirk and looks certain to sit out Wednesday’s match against the SPFL leaders.
Discussing Souttar Stendel told the Edinburgh News:
We are doing everything so he can play. Wednesday is the goal but, if he cannot play Wednesday and he can play Saturday, then Saturday is the bigger game for us at the moment.
He was injured for five months with his ankle and he played five games in two weeks. That is a lot of pressure on his ankle. I think it was a reaction after so many games. Normally, I think he can play in the next week.”
Hearts are currently one point behind Hamilton and four short of St Mirren who are in the safety of third bottom place.
Hamilton are at home to Aberdeen tomorrow night but after five seasons battling relegation they have plenty of experience of fighting against the drop.