Callum Paterson hands Scotland and Cardiff City a boost

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Callum Paterson has handed Scotland and Cardiff City a boost after returning to running for the first time since undergoing ankle surgery at the start of April.

The former Hearts defender, who can also play in midfield or up front, posted a picture of himself on an anti-gravity treadmill with the caption: ‘First day back running today!’.

Paterson sustained the injury during the first half of Scotland’s 2-0 Euro 2020 qualifying victory over San Marino on March 24 after being handed a start in attack by then manager Alex McLeish.

Callum Paterson: Instagram

The 24-year-old’s injury was a set-back to the Bluebirds, who were left without the versatile player as they lost their fight to remain in the English Premier League.

At the time, Cardiff manager Neil Warnock said: “He should be out until pre-season – a big blow.

“It’s no good saying it’s not a blow. Contrary to what was said before the Scottish game (3-0 loss in Kazakhstan), I never said anything to Alex about him not playing on the plastic pitch.

“But he had such a bad injury with his knee, I think they spoke between themselves. 

“The second game (against San Marino) was a disaster for us, but it’s one of those things.”

Paterson, who has 11 caps, is now likely to target Cardiff’s opening Championship clash against Wigan on August 3 as a comeback ahead of Scotland’s crucial Euro 2020 qualifying double header in September against Russia and Belgium.

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