Rudi Skacel is to begin training with Hearts this week.
The two-time Scottish Cup winner with the Edinburgh side has been offered to join John McGlynn’s squad after returning to the capital.
Skacel, 33, has been without a club since leaving Tynecastle in the summer following the club’s 5-1 Hampden triumph over Hibernian, in which the Czech midfielder netted two goals.
STV has learned that the former Slavia Prague, Marseille and Hertha Berlin man, who has scored 48 goals over two periods with Hearts, is back in Edinburgh.
While no contract is currently in the table for Skacel from his former employers, he will train with the team to get himself back to fitness.
A Hearts spokesman said: "As with Craig Gordon in the summer, when we heard that Rudi was back home in Edinburgh and looking for a place to train, we were only too happy to offer the use of the Academy to him.
"He has been keeping in shape in Prague and wanted to keep things ticking over during his time in Edinburgh.
Last month Skacel Tweeted that he was ready to return to the field of play but later distanced himself from a Hearts comeback, saying he “may not have good news” for fans of the Jam Tarts.
Thank u for all the msgs from Hearts fans-you r the best but unfortunately I may not have good news for u butwherever I go 51 shirt it is— Rudi Skacel (@RudiSkacel19) September 24, 2012