A young Montrose FC player has been ruled out of action for months after a horror dog attack.
Teenager Declan Milne required surgery after being savaged by two dogs in Aberdeen.
The 18-year-old is believed to have suffered serious damage to the tendons in his leg and ankle in the incident.
Police Scotland said they had no details of the attack, but the promising striker is now recovering at his home in the city after what Montrose FC boss Paul Hegarty said was an “unfortunate event.”
Milne was present at the Links Park club’s weekend team photocall but hobbled into the event on crutches and recovery from the dog attack, which happened just over a week ago, is expected to take around eight weeks.
He had been due to go on a loan spell with Angus junior side Carnoustie Panmure but the dog bite incident has led to the deal with The Gowfers being postponed.
Montrose boss Paul Hegarty said: “It was a really unfortunate event and it is disappointing for us and for Declan.
“He was needing game time to keep him sharp and it looked like he would get that at Carnoustie, however that will not be happening for a couple of months.”
Front man Milne, a former pupil at Bridge of Don Academy, joined Montrose on a two-year professional contract in the summer of 2014, with a one year extension added to the deal earlier this year.
Described as a tall and powerful player, he starred in the Montrose under 17s side and last season enjoyed loan spells with Forfar Albion, Glentaner and Ellon United before a first team return under Hegarty.
He made his full debut on the final day of the 2014/15 at Annan Athletic and has notched up 20 appearances for the Gable Endies, mainly from the bench.
Milne’s last first team outing for the Angus club was as a late substitute appearance in the 2 – 0 League Two defeat to Stirling Albion on August 20.