Terry Butcher to lose Ryan Esson and Gary Warren

INVERNESS Caledonian Thistle face being without goalkeeper Ryan Esson and centre-back Gary Warren for the bulk of the run-in.

Esson went off with a thigh injury in Caley Thistle’s victory over Ross County, which sealed their place in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League top six, while Warren has picked up a knee injury.

Manager Terry Butcher said: “Ryan is going to be out for four to six weeks with a torn thigh muscle. Gary Warren is going to be out for four to six weeks with a [strained] lateral ligament on the outside of his knee.”

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Antonio Reguero, who has held talks with Kilmarnock over a summer move, will deputise for Esson when Inverness face Hibernian at Easter Road tomorrow. But former Hibs captain Chris Hogg looks likely to be made to wait for his first-team return, despite appearing for the under-20s following his cruciate ligament injury.

Butcher said: “He is doing well. He has a lot to go in terms of sharpness and timing and instinct – he has been out for a year.

“But Danny Devine is ready to step in. He has played very well for the first team and just signed a new contract.”