[media-credit name=”© Patrick McGuire | Scotzine” align=”alignleft” width=”299″][/media-credit]The former Hibs captain has suffered a cruciate ligament damage among other problems following the challenge.
He told the official Inverness website: “It’s not great news on the medical front. I’ve never had a serious injury before and this one isn’t very nice at all and it’s really galling to write off the rest of the season. I am just waiting to find out when I can have an operation so that I can get on with my comeback.”
On the collision, the 26-year-old said: “It all happened so simply. I came for the ball and went to take on my left foot to clear and as I came in the United player came from behind and his forward motion came right through on to my knee. I knew right away that it was a bad one. But I just have to get on with it. I’m a strong character and I’m being helped by the backing of the club doctor and physios and by Terry Butcher and Maurice Malpas, who have been tremendously supportive. The manager is one of the nicest guys I’ve met in football and he’s been superb.”
Manager Terry Butcher commented: “It is one of the worst knee injuries I’ve ever seen and Chris will require major surgery and a lengthy rehabilitation. It’s really disappointing for the lad and he’ll get our full support and the best care. There are good examples of players coming back from cruciate surgery to do well and that will give Chris something to take heart from.”
Hogg has kicked off a personal blog which he claims ‘will be a diary of his comeback, despite suffering a potentially career ending knee injury’.
He added: “It’s going to be a long road and there will be some dark days I’m sure but I will try and give you an account of everything throughout my rehab.”
“The main reason I am doing this is if my experiences over the coming months can help anyone now or in the future overcome any similar experiences or difficulties in their life then this will be worth it. I realise its such an early stage of my journey and hey I don’t know how this is going to turn out but one thing I do know is I am going to give it everything I’ve got to make it go the way I want.”