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Everton suffer ANOTHER injury setback as Nathan Patterson is stretchered off during Scotland's Nations League win over Ukraine... as national coach Steve Clarke admits it 'doesn't look good' for the full-back

Posted on September 22, 2022

Everton have been dealt a huge setback after full-back Nathan Patterson was stretchered off during Scotland's Nations League match on Sunday night.

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.

But he could now be set for a lengthy spell on the side-line after Scotland boss Steve Clarke admitted that the injury 'doesn't look too good'.

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.

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 on the length of time he may be out for.

'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.'

It 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 them travel to Southampton next weekend.