Hearts defender Callum Paterson begins running after knee injury

Hearts full-back Callum Paterson began running today for the first time since suffering a season-ending knee injury

Monday, 24th April 2017, 4:13 pm
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 6:52 pm
Callum Paterson taking the first steps on his road to recovery at Edinburgh's Shawfair Park Hospital

Paterson took to a specialised supporting treadmill inside Edinburgh's Shawfair Park Hospital to start his comeback after damaging cruciate and medial ligaments in his left knee last December.

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He is not expected to be fully fit again until August or September but the first day of running represents a significant hurdle for the player.

"First day back running today since my injury! Delighted with the progress but still a long way to go," said Paterson on his Instagram account.

The 22-year-old has told Hearts he won't sign a new contract and intends to continue his career elsewhere once he is fit. The Edinburgh club will be due between £400,000 and £450,000 in training compensation when he signs for another side.