FORWARD Jai Quitongo has undergone surgery on his injured knee.

Tele Sport revealed last month how the 20-year-old would be sidelined for the foreseeable future.

Quitongo required surgery to repair a tear in his knee cartilage.

The Ton forward had the procedure in recent days and will now begin his rehabilitation in earnest.

Quitongo only recently returned to the side having jarred his knee during the 1-1 draw with Brechin City at Glebe Park in January.

The youngster then came off the bench to score a late winner against Dunfermline in Ton’s 2-1 Scottish Cup fourth round win at East End Park.

But he was on the bench for the subsequent 3-0 league win over Dundee United at Tannadice after being struck down with tonsillitis.

However, in a second blow to the player, he started to feel discomfort in his knee and a recent scan confirmed that he needed a tidy-up operation.

Quitongo missed six months of last season after he sustained cruciate ligament damage in his knee and now he faces another extended period on the sidelines.

Ton boss Jim Duffy said: “Jai has had the operation on his knee and while he’s on the road to recovery, it’s going to take a period of time.

“He’s unlikely to be available for the foreseeable future but we’ll keep our fingers crossed.”

Meanwhile, Ton right-back Michael Doyle is convinced the experience of playing treble-chasing Celtic in the Scottish Cup on Saturday will have a positive effect on Duffy’s side.

Ton competed well at Celtic Park but two goals from Moussa Dembele and an injury-time strike from Odsonne Edouard handed the Hoops a 3-0 quarter-final win.

Doyle said: “We’ll take all the positives away from the game. We were not expected to take anything but we were able to go out and express ourselves.

“We’ll take a lot of the plus points from a game like that.”