Everton have suffered another injury setback as full-back Nathan Patterson was stretchered off during Scotland’s 3-0 victory over Ukraine.
The 20-year-old defender has been a major success story at Goodison Park this season, breaking into the starting XI and playing every minute in the top-flight so far.
But there are now fears of a lengthy spell on the sidelines after Patterson landed awkwardly during his country’s Nations League victory at Hampden Park on Wednesday night.
He was able to hobble off the pitch but then required a stretcher to continue down the tunnel – and Scotland boss Steve Clarke admitted ‘it doesn’t look too good’.
“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.”
Patterson was seen holding his knee and Everton will hold their breath as the full-back undergoes tests on Thursday.
Toffees boss Frank Lampard will hope it is nothing serious – but his luck with injuries so far has been terrible.
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Star striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin has not played yet this season after suffering an injury in training on the eve of the opening match.
Key defenders Yerry Mina and Ben Godfrey have also been out, while Jordan Pickford is currently recovering from injury.
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