By Joe Ellis

22nd Sep, 2022 | 3:40pm

Nathan Patterson on way back to Everton after Scotland injury scare

Nathan Patterson is already on his way back to Everton after picking up an injury on international duty, according to the Daily Record.

During Scotland’s Nations League game against Ukraine, the 20-year-old went over on his left leg and caused some form of knee injury that is as yet unknown in terms of severity.

He had to be stretchered off the Hampden Park pitch to be replaced by Brentford’s Aaron Hickey and he is now awaiting to hear the extent of his problem.

Patterson has played every game so far this season for Everton and received plenty of plaudits for his performances at right-back but he and Frank Lampard are now in a waiting game.

“It doesn’t look too good when he goes off on a stretcher. He obviously felt something on his leg, we’ll just wait and see what the medics say and how it pans out,” Scotland manager Steve Clarke said.

Speed bump

There is no questioning the bad timing and fortune that has struck for Patterson and Everton but Lampard should have had a plan for if such an eventuality occurred.

The key to any good plan is being able to have a backup ready to go and the Toffees should have exactly that in club captain Seamus Coleman, even though he hasn’t played much so far this season.

He may not be needed for too long, if at all, if the scans come back better than is currently feared but every squad player has to be ready to go when they are called upon.

It was never going to be a smooth road up the Premier League after last season’s chaos and injuries like this happen naturally so Everton will just have to get on with it and manage as best they can.

But they will all be hoping within Finch Farm that the scans come back relatively clear and the 20-year-old can very quickly return to training and then games ahead of the World Cup break.