It doesn't look as though Nathan Patterson will be fit in time to represent Scotland in their World Cup qualifying playoff semi-final against Ukraine on 1st June but is expected to be fit later next month.
The young full-back joined Everton from Rangers during the January transfer window but, unfortunately, sustained ankle ligament damage right when he was on the cusp of breaking into the Blues' first team and had to undergo surgery that ended his season prematurely.
Patterson is on the recovery trail and has been included in Steve Clarke's 28-man squad for Scotland's World Cup play-off games (they will have two if they can beat the Ukrainians and earn a decider against Wales on 5th June) and three Uefa Nations League match-ups this summer, two against Armenia either side of a trip Ireland.
"I think at some stage over the four, or hopefully five, matches Nathan will be fit to play," Clarke said. "His return to play is imminent and it will just come down to match fitness. I would put him down as doubtful for the Ukraine game."
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Patterson is highly-regarded and will be hopeful of pushing for a regular first-team role with Everton under Frank Lampard next season.
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1 Posted 24/05/2022 at 21:47:06
2 Posted 25/05/2022 at 08:59:30
3 Posted 25/05/2022 at 17:50:56
We just don't seem to do slight injuries anymore...
4 Posted 25/05/2022 at 18:51:03
Anyway, I hope he stays injury-free next season and becomes our long term right-back. With due respect to Seamus's achievements, that has been a glaring weakness in our playing XI for the past 2 seasons.
5 Posted 25/05/2022 at 20:42:20
Lots of recovery and hopefully plenty of games time in the next few years.
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