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



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.

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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, 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.”