Defender Odel Offiah has returned to Hearts following a health scare.

The on-loan Brighton man had returned to his parent club after receiving hospital treatment following a medical incident during a training session with Steven Naismith's side.

Ahead of Hearts' loss at home to Motherwell in September Offiah returned to Brighton to continue his recovery, and at the time it was unclear whether he would return to Scotland.

But ahead of this weekend's Scottish Premiership clash against St Mirren the defender has trained with his teammates and could be in contention to feature.

Offiah moved to Hearts on a season-long loan this summer and has already featured four times for his new club.

The versatile defensive star scored on his debut against Partick Thistle, but it remains to be seen whether he will return to Edinburgh for the remainder of the campaign.

Speaking after capturing the defender this summer, Frankie McAvoy said: “It’s great to get Odel up here and the deal done.

“He’s a big, strong lad so I’ve no concerns about him being able to handle the physicality of Scottish football.

“But more importantly, he’s a good football player and one who will give us even more options in terms of squad depth.”

Technical Director Steven Naismith said: “We’ve added some real quality to the squad over the past couple of weeks and Odel is another piece of that jigsaw.

“He’ll bring versatility to our defence which is a real plus point, and with the attributes he possesses I know he’ll excel in any position he’s asked to play."