The 18 year old Hearts player was originally going to be out six or seven weeks after being injured in practice for the League Cup semi-final against Inverness and hoped to be back for next month's final against St. Mirren. Unfortunately, his injury required a pin to be inserted in his foot, and Paterson will miss the final.
He talked about his disappointment, saying, "It's devastating to have this happen at this stage of the season, especially with the League Cup final coming up and big league games to look forward to as well. I was hoping to get a medal in my first season, but it's not to be. I suppose that's life and these things happen in football.
"My focus will be on getting fully fit for pre-season and trying to impress the manager again to get back into the first team at the start of next season. I aim to come back even fitter and stronger after this setback. I'm still young and hopefully there are a lot more opportunities in front of me."
Hearts manager John McGlynn is already without left-back Danny Grainger because of an injury and will miss a player who has made great strides in his first season. "It looks like Callum's season is finished as they are talking about three months out. It's similar to a metatarsal injury (we've seen a lot of those this week, haven't we?!), but he is going to have a pin inserted in his foot."
After the operation Paterson tweeted: "Operation went well this morning. Really bad timing but on the mend and I can't wait to get back playing."
Grainger is disappointed Paterson won't be able to finish the season, saying, "It's a blow not only to Callum but also to the team. Callum has come to the side at just 17 years of age and scored four goals and was having a great season and he has got an extended contract.
"It is just a shame that he injured himself in a freak training ground accident and is having to undergo an operation, because he may feel his whole world has caved in on him. We'll look after him. He'll come back better and stronger, and hopefully he can maybe make a game towards the end of the season."
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