Scotland manager Steve Clarke said he hoped Nathan Patterson would not be out for too long after the right back suffered injury during Scotland’s 3-0 Nations League victory over Ukraine on Wednesday night.
Scotland cruised to a 3-0 victory over Ukraine in their Nations League Group E fixture thanks to goals from John McGinn and Lyndon Dykes, who scored a brace.
However, for Everton fans the game will have been marred by Patterson’s early removal from the game having initially tried to play on.
Nathan Patterson Injury.
After challenging for a header, the defender landed awkwardly and seemed to pick up a knee injury.
He was able to walk himself off the pitch but looked in some discomfort before being stretchered down the tunnel.
Scotland boss Clarke confirmed the injury but was unable to give any further details as he hoped the right-back would not be out for too long.
‘Nathan Patterson, it doesn’t look too good, obviously felt something on his leg,’ Clarke told Premier Sports.
‘We’ll just have to wait and see how it pans out. Hopefully it’s not too serious, and hopefully he’s not out for too long.’
The 20-year-old defender has broken into Frank Lampard’s starting eleven this year and has been one of the Toffee’s most reliable players, playing every minute possible in their opening seven games.
And this could prove to be another setback for an Everton side who only picked up their first league win in their most recent game against West Ham.
Lampard is already without Jordan Pickford, Yerry Mina, Ben Godfrey and Mason Holgate meaning Patterson’s absence could prove costly to their already weakened defence.
It seems unlikely the 20-year-old will be available for their first fixture after the international break which sees Everton travel to Southampton next weekend.