Scotland defender Callum Paterson could return for World Cup qualifiers after making good progress at Cardiff City

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Callum Paterson could return for Scotland’s closing World Cup qualifying matches after Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock revealed that the defender is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a serious knee injury.

The 22-year-old, who moved to the English Championship side on a three-year contract last month in a £400,000 switch, had initially been expected to be out until October after damaging cruciate ligaments in a clash with Kilmarnock last December.

However, the five-times capped right-back is now on course to make his Bluebirds debut in September.

(Pic: Cardiff City FC)

News of Paterson’s progress will come as a timely boost to national team manager Gordon Strachan, with Scotland wrapping up their Group F campaign with matches against Lithuania, Malta, Slovakia and Slovenia in September and October.

Warnock, speaking to walesonline.co.uk, said: “He’s doing ever so well at the minute but he’ll still probably be (out until) September.

“But he’s worth waiting for I think, somebody that you can get on that sort of compensation, it’s a no-brainer really and it’ll be nice to have him available.”

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