ON-LOAN Celtic defender Jack Hendry, injured in only his second appearance for Melbourne City, underwent knee surgery in Australia this morning.
The three times-capped Scotland international was forced to go under the knife for a torn medial collateral ligament following a twist of his knee after his studs caught in the turf during the 3-1 weekend loss against Adelaide City.
Hendry, 24, suffered the injury near the end of the game and played on until the final whistle.
An early examination of the knee highlighted the urgent requirement for surgery.
The club confirmed the versatile back-four performer, who cost ex-Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers £1.2million when he signed him from Dundee in January 2018, is now set for a lengthy stint on the sidelines.
A statement read: “Scans on Monday revealed the Celtic loanee had fully ruptured the ligament.”
The Aussie outfit also stated they hope Hendry will “make a return in the latter stages of the season.”
The unfortunate right-back or centre-half agreed to go to Melbourne to get some much-needed game-time after playing only 11 minutes for the champions this season as a late substitute for Jeremie Frimpong in the 5-0 Betfred League Cup quarter-final win over Partick Thistle at Parkhead in September.