HEARTS have been dealt a double blow in their pursuit of the league Cup and maintaining their top spot in the SPFL.
The Jambos confirmed today that TWO first-team stars John Souttar and Uche Ikpeazu will be out longterm.
Levein revealed that Souttar, who has played in all of Hearts games this season will be out for six months while Ikpeazu will be out for around five months.
Uch has scored four goals and made three assists in ten appearances for the Jambos and will be a great miss, as will Souttar who has been a rock so far this season.
Celtic will go into the Murrayfield semi-final with the knowledge both players will be unavailable which is a huge boost to their treble-treble bid.
Celtic were beaten by Hearts earlier in the season and will be out for revenge come next Sunday.
The bhoys first have to deal with the Jambos Edinburgh rivals before jetting out to Germany where they take on Leipzig in the Europa League.