Oct 19 2012 by Lizzie Smith, Kilmarnock Standard
Gaffer Kenny Shiels hopes striker Paul Heffernan, keeper Cammy Bell and defender Jereon Tesselaar will be fit for Saturdays trip to Perth.
The trio played in Killies 3-1 win over Dundee in an Under-20s league clash on Monday night.
Heffernan, who broke his collar bone during a friendly early in August, scored after only nine minutes into the match at Dens Park.
Shiels said: Paul could be back in the squad to face St Johnstone but I doubt him making a start.
Cammy Bell and Jereon Tesselaar are also close to returning.
I cannot say for sure until later this week whether any of them will be fit enough to start.
Shiels added: It is great to have them back especially with two hard games on the road at St Johnstone and Celtic.
Bell, who played the full 90 minutes on Monday night, has been sidelined since breaking a wrist bone in a 2-1 defeat to Motherwell back in August.
During Bells absence, Welsh keeper Kyle Letheren, 24, has enjoyed his first real run in the team since signing with Rugby Park in August 2010.
Tesselaar has been out since August with a hamstring problem but had a 70 minutes run out against Dundee.
Shiels wants to have as many players to choose from as they prepare to face fourth-placed St Johnstone.
He said: It will be hard. St Johnstone are the in-form team.
Midfielders Garry Hay and Danny Racchi are both out after knee ops.
Five of the first team Gary Harkins, James Fowler, Michael Nelson, Lee Johnston and Manuel Pascali worked on SFA coaching licences during the international break.
Shiels is proud to see veterans Hay, 35, and Fowler,31, both products of Killie youth set-up, giving back to the club by coaching at Under-14s and Under-20s respectively.
Shiels said: James and Garry arent just great pros, they set an example as they work in their own time within our youth system. Both are showing management potential.
Kick-off at McDiarmid Park on Saturday is 3pm.