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THE SCOTTISH SUN 🔵 ‘I feel like an outcast’ – SPFL hero slams club for cancelling two operations

INVERNESS CALEY THISTLE have been accused of treating a club legend like an « outcast » following claims they have cancelled TWO major knee operations and are stringing him along in contract negotiations.

Aaron Doran, 33, has been out of action since April after suffering a ruptured ACL against Raith Rovers and has been waiting to go under the knife to start his recovery process.

Doran has been at the club for 14 years

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Doran has been at the club for 14 yearsCredit: Willie Vass
The winger with his girlfriend after winning the Scottish Cup in 2015

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The winger with his girlfriend after winning the Scottish Cup in 2015Credit: Kenny Ramsay – The Sun Glasgow

But the Irishman, who has been at Inverness for 14 years, says he has received no help from the club and has blasted chiefs over his recent treatment.

The winger was part of the 2015 Scottish Cup winning side and also helped them lift the Challenge Cup two years later.

But he is out of contract this summer and could have played his last game for Caley Thistle after they were relegated from the Scottish Championship last term.

Doran claims he has contacted several people involved with the club but has heard nothing back and admits he may be forced to pay for the surgery out of his own pocket.

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Opening up on his ordeal, he told the Press and Journal: “I don’t know why the club cancelled the surgeries.

“I got injured on April 19 and the scan showed I had a ruptured ACL and the consultant said I needed surgery.

“Then I had a meeting with the club. One of the directors is a retired knee surgeon (Panos Thomas), and one of the options put forward was I should try and rehab it – but you can’t rehab a ruptured ACL and try to play professional football. I said that didn’t work for me.

“I need to get this fixed as I can’t even run after my kids. I’m hobbling about.

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“The physio agreed with me that we needed surgery. The club said that was fine – but both dates have been cancelled.

“With the physio now gone, I am now trying to contact the club and sort this out.

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“No one has helped. I have messaged a few people and they have not got back to me.

“They did confirm through messages on my phone they would pay for surgery for any date in June, but I’ve not been able to confirm, after two cancelled dates, whether this is the case. It’s not looking too good.

“I need to get my knee sorted. Next week will be nine weeks out injured when I could already have had seven or eight weeks of recovery by then. This is pushing me back.

“For whatever time I have left of my career, losing another two months is not good.

“Hopefully someone at the club will get in touch this week or I will pay for this myself.

“The hospital are ringing me for payment, but I just don’t know what’s going to happen.

“My message I have sent to the club is: ‘Is this surgery going to be paid for? Because twice now it hasn’t happened. I need to know.’”

Caley Thistle recently came under heavy scrutiny after they announced they will be moving their training operations 135 miles away to Kelty last month.

Chairman Ross Morrison claimed the controversial switch would be the only way to save the club from going under.

They were forced to ditch the plans and perform a U-turn following outrage from fans.

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And Doran says even the players were left in the dark over the controversial move and says a lack of communication from chiefs has become a common theme within the club.

He continued: “This is the first time since I have been at Caley Thistle where my contract has run out.

“I am in the exact same boat as Mark Ridgers and Wallace Duffy, who have spoken this week about having no contact with the club about new contracts.

“For almost 14 years, I have been at this club, and I expected to hear something. I have played 393 games for Caley Thistle and I’ve had no contact. It’s not a good look and not what I expected from this club.

“Ever since I was injured, I have felt out of the picture – almost like an outcast. I have spent nearly half my life at the club, so it’s a strange one and not enjoyable.

“When the injury happened, I had just got back into the team. I felt good and strong and wanted to get the chance to show them the impact I can make.

“Unfortunately, I got injured at the wrong time again, which usually happens to me.

“This is not a good situation for me or my family. I want to just get my knee fixed and take it from there.

“To have no communication from the club is not good enough.

“I feel bad for all the players.

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“We’re not Premier League players – we have families and mortgages to pay for.

“If the club wants to release us, just tell us. If they’re not going to pay for an operation, tell us – don’t string us along.

“I know the club have a lot to deal with right now. There’s plenty of issues for the board to handle, but we have been the ones trying to keep the club up.

“To have no one communicating is crazy.

“We found out about the Kelty training plans at the same time as anyone else.”

Former Inverness team-mate Shane Sutherland was made aware of the winger’s operation ordeal and took to social media to voice his outrage towards the club’s hierarchy.

He wrote on X: « 14 years, 393 games, long-term injuries, showed nothing but loyalty to the club through that 14 years.

« This is an absolute disgrace, the worst treatment of a player I’ve ever heard of. Messing about with his life, not just his football career. »

Sutherland then launched a fundraiser for his pal and urged people to donate what they can to help him reach his goal of £5000 to cover the operation.

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He has so far raised over £2000 towards the treatment.

SunSport has contacted Inverness Caley Thistle for comment.

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