THE Blue Brazil will no longer be able to play Hearts at Central Park on Saturday.

Cowdenbeath yesterday confirmed some changes which impact on their Betfred Cup ties v Hearts and Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Secretary David Allan said: "As many know, Central Park was badly hit by flooding in the storm of 11/12 August. "The ground floor of the building was inundated with water which flowed in from outside from the car park area and this caused extensive and expensive damage.

"Work has been underway since then to remediate matters not least to allow us to host our home fixtures under the Covid social distancing requirements, starting with our match v Hearts on Saturday. This was well in hand.

"However, this weekend a further storm created a new problem. On Saturday morning when we entered the interior of the new stand there was further significant flooding in the downstairs areas. Water was running down some walls and coming through ceilings. Upstairs in the Boardroom water was pouring through the ceiling. This time the problem was a major roof leak."

He added: "It was thus evident that Central Park’s dressing room facilities would, because of this new damage, not all now be ready for the game on Saturday. We therefore can now confirm, following discussions with the SPFL and Hearts and with the kind assistance of our friends at East Fife, that Saturday’s Betfred Cup tie v Hearts will now take place at the Locality Hub Bayview Stadium with a 3pm kick off.

"We have also been in discussions with Inverness Caledonian Thistle re the Betfred Cup tie at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium on Tuesday October 13. Our thanks go to Inverness Caledonian Thistle and the SPFL for their agreement to advance the kick off time to 6.30pm."

Cowden will be at Bayview tonight to open their Betfred Cup campaign against East Fife.

Manager Gary Bollan is going to be without midfielder Gavin Morrison and defender Jamie Pyper who has a strain.

The manager said: "It is just good to get going again after seven months without a competitive game.

"It is a tough section we are in but we will be looking to make an impact in every game we play."

Goalkeeper Ross Sinclair and strikers Cian Kavanagh and Olly Buchanan are set to make their competitive debuts against East Fife.