Nathan Patterson in 'freak' injury blow as Everton confirm return timeline for Scotland defender
The former Rangers youngster, who has already missed a chunk of the season due to an ankle injury, was forced off the pitch after 63 minutes at Goodison Park on Tuesday after a heavy collision with team-mate and goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
Everton boss Frank Lampard has confirmed that the 21-year-old faces six weeks out – a recovery period that would allow Patterson to return in time for the next international on March 25 when Scotland kick off their Euro 2024 qualifying campaign at home to Cyprus.
"It's a blow, a freak one in terms of how he did the injury," Lampard said. "It's a big blow. He's a young full-back. He's come in, broken through and done well for us.
"It's time for others to step up to that mantle. Six weeks sounds a long time but he'll be back."
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