Hearts boss John McGlynn admits he could hand new signing Peter Enckelman his debut for the club against Liverpool as first-choice goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald awaits the birth of his child.
MacDonald’s pregnant partner was admitted to hospital on Tuesday evening, putting a major doubt over his participation in Thursday night’s first leg at Tynecastle.
And with back-up Mark Ridgers sidelined with a knee injury, former St Johnstone keeper Enckelman may make his bow against the Anfield giants in the Europa League play-off.
John McGlynn said: "I got a text from Jamie. His partner is in the hospital and has been since four o'clock this morning but there is no baby yet.
"It's looking more like it will happen today.
"Jamie came in later yesterday, his partner went into hospital yesterday morning but they were sent home.
"We just need to play it by ear and see, when the baby does arrive, how Jamie is feeling, and then make a decision."
The 35-year-old signed for the Gorgie men last week having spent the summer looking for a club.
Having seen the Finn play in the English Premier League with Aston Villa and Blackburn, McGlynn is in no doubt his player would be able to handle the occasion.
"He's an experienced keeper and he played a lot in the SPL last season," the Hearts boss added.
"Peter has played down in England with Aston Villa, Blackburn and Wigan.
"I wouldn't have any great fears, it's just that he has not been doing a lot of training."
Captain Marius Zaliukas is set to win his fitness battle, having limped off with a dead leg during Saturday’s draw with Inverness CT.
"I think he is going to be okay," McGlynn said. "He trained yesterday and as long as he comes through today again without getting a knock on it, he'll be fine."