CALEY Thistle defender Chris Hogg has been ruled out of this Saturday’s trip to Dundee United — at least.
The summer signing missed the 1-1 draw at home to Hearts last Saturday due to a knee injury which will require an operation this Friday.
It is understood there may be some damaged cartilage which has caused the 26-year-old difficulties.
"It’s definitely not a major operation as far as we know," said Caley Thistle manager Terry Butcher.
After the operation it will become clearer how long Hogg may be sidelined, however it is not thought to be as severe as the knee injury suffered by Owain Tudur Jones.
The Welsh midfielder - another summer signing - is expected to be out for several weeks after having an operation last Wednesday.
Hogg started in Caley Thistle’s 2-1 victory over Kilmarnock at the end of last month and he was left out of the squad against Hearts after the injury became progressively worse over the international break.
Butcher may include defender David Proctor in the squad to face Dundee United, after he returned to action against Forres Mechanics in the 4-3 North of Scotland Cup final victory last Sunday after recovering from a hamstring injury which had ruled him out for five weeks.
> More Caley Thistle news in Tuesday’s Courier.