A scan on Callum Paterson’s injured knee has revealed that the Scotland star faces between 8–10 months out on the sidelines.
The right-back landed awkwardly after challenging for the ball in last night’s 4-0 win over Kilmarnock, sustaining damage to his knee.
After receiving the bad news today, the 22-year-old will go for an operation as soon as possible in January before starting his rehabilitation.
Head Coach Ian Cathro admits it’s not a great situation for the full-back to find himself in, but has faith in the squad to cope in his absence.
Speaking to heartsfc.co.uk, Ian 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.”