By Saikat Mandal

23rd Sep, 2022 | 8:40am

Kieran Tierney hopes Everton defender Nathan Patterson's injury is not serious

Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney has suggested that it’s a “shame” that Everton full-back Nathan Patterson got injured while playing for Scotland.

The young full-back has been playing extremely well for his club, and now he faces the prospect of missing a few games now, provided the injury is not serious.

The right-back was stretchered off during the 3-0 win over Ukraine on Wednesday (21 September) night.

“I felt for him. I knew straight away because I’ve been there. It’s football, isn’t it? What can you do?,” said Tierney, as quoted by Glasgow Times (23 September).

“He won a tackle and bust a gut to get back and picked up an injury. He’s done it for us.

“I don’t know the extent of it but I hope it’s not too bad and he’s back soon. It’s just a shame because he’s been flying this season.

“The main thing with injuries is you have to accept it. There’s nothing you can do.”

Fingers crossed

Patterson has been absolutely outstanding this season for the Toffees.

He joined in the January transfer window, signed by Rafa Benitez, from Rangers and didn’t get enough opportunities last season after he picked up a long-term injury.

This summer, Frank Lampard has used him in the first-team ahead of Seamus Coleman who picked up an injury in the pre-season.

Patterson has been immense. His performance in the 0-0 draw against Liverpool in the Merseyside derby has been widely praised, as kept the likes of Luis Diaz and other forwards in check.

He was equally brilliant in the 1-0 win against West Ham as the Toffees picked up their first win.

The youngster has returned to Merseyside for a scan, and he is awaiting the length of his injury. It looks really nasty, and chances are high that he could be out for a while.

If that happens, it would be a big blow for Lampard and the team. Hopefully, Coleman will step up in his absence.