HEARTS full-back Callum Paterson had surgery on his injured left knee today and is expected to be out for at least two months.
The player saw a specialist in Bradford this morning and had a medial menisectomy to tidy up the area he injured against Annan last weekend.
It is expected he will return to training in around two months’ time, which is a relief for head coach Robbie Neilson who feared Paterson may be out for much longer.
“We had Callum looked at and, once it was realised that the injury wasn’t as bad as we first thought, went ahead with surgery,” Neilson told the Hearts website. “The operation - a medial menisectomy - was a tidy-up job which went absolutely fine. Because of the nature of the injury, we believe Callum will return to the training field in around a couple of months.
“It’s still an injury that will keep him on the sideline for the foreseeable, but because we could’ve been looking at six months out or longer, it’s a huge relief that it isn’t as bad as that. Callum will start his rehabilitation straight away and I’m sure he will come back stronger and better than ever.”
Hearts have succeeded in doubling their ticket allocation for the season’s opening league game against Rangers, and will now take 1700 fans to Ibrox.
Supporters must have 115 loyalty points to be entitled to buy a ticket when they go on sale at 9am tomorrow. Prices are £23 for adults, £17 for concessions and £7 for under-16s.
“We have now been able to secure almost 1700 tickets for this match – around double the original allocation – which will give Robbie Neilson and his players the best backing possible on the day,” said a club spokesperson on the Hearts website.
Tickets are available from 9am tomorrow by calling 0871 663 1874 (option 1), or by visiting the Tynecastle ticket centre.
Meanwhile, the Championship fixture between Hearts and Livingston scheduled for Saturday, September 27, at Tynecastle will now take place on Sunday, September 28, at a 4.05pm and will be broadcast live on BBC Alba.