HEARTS’ international right-back Callum Paterson has been ruled out for TEN MONTHS after suffering knee ligament damage.
He was carried off on a stretcher, but initial hopes the injury was not as serious as first appeared have been crushed.
Paterson, 22, had a scan on his knee this morning and was given the dreaded news by medics at lunchtime.
Head coach Ian Cathro said: “It’s a bad one for Callum and everyone here is gutted for him.
“There was real concern for him last night and, unfortunately, that concern has been compounded with the news that he could be out for up to 10 months.
“Callum’s a top-class player and we’ll miss him in the first team, but we now have to look to those within the squad to step up and fill the void.
“We’ll help Callum as much as we can though this difficult time.”
Paterson had been linked with a string of English clubs, including Wigan and Derby, and Tynecastle Director of Football Craig Levein put a seven-figure price tag on the player ahead of his anticipated departure next month.