Hearts pair Callum Paterson and John Souttar delighted to reach recovery milestone after returning to running

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Hearts defenders Callum Paterson and John Souttar have both reached a significant milestone in their recovery from injury after returning to running on the grass for the first time.

The pair have posted separate videos of themselves jogging on the training pitches at the club’s Oriam training base.

Scotland full-back Paterson is making progress in his bid to return to fitness after damaging cruciate knee ligaments in a game against Kilmarnock last December.

(Pic: John Souttar: Instagram)

Souttar is also on the comeback trail after rupturing his Achilles tendon in January against Celtic and is expected to be available for action in August.

Paterson said: “Another good milestone reached. Been a long recovery process for me and John Souttar but finally back out on the grass running. Hard work paying off for us two.”

Paterson is continuing his rehabilitation at Hearts even though the out of contract right-back looks set to depart the club this summer.

Rangers and English Championship side Cardiff City have already made their interest known in the 22-year-old, although Hearts would be due training compensation in the region of £400,000.

Speaking about his return to running, Souttar said: “Great feeling to be back on the grass.”

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