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Everton: Paul Joyce confirms Nathan Patterson injury blow

Everton have not had an easy ride with injuries over the last 12 months which has translated in their performances in the Premier League, and now Frank Lampard has been dealt another setback ahead of the Southampton clash.

What’s the latest?

According to The Times’ Northern football correspondent Paul Joyce, Nathan Patterson could be out for up to six weeks after sustaining an injury whilst on international duty with Scotland.

As per the report written by Joyce, the Toffees defender will see a specialist to further determine the seriousness of his injury and confirm an accurate timeframe of absence after being given an initial diagnosis.

Lampard will be gutted

There is no doubt that Lampard will be absolutely gutted to lose such a key player to his ever-improving Everton team over the first seven games of the season. Indeed, losing Patterson for over a month could contribute to a loss of momentum after going unbeaten in their last five outings.

The talented right-back, who Danny Murphy dubbed “terrific“, has stepped into and excelled in the role that had been held by club captain Seamus Coleman for over a decade, fitting seamlessly into the manager’s philosophy and thriving as a guaranteed starter at Goodison Park.

Over seven appearances so far, Patterson has been superb from an attacking point of view and in possession of the ball.

He has delivered one assist, tallied up a 96% pass accuracy in his own half, completed 100% of his long balls, won the majority of his duels combined (67%) and successfully completed the majority of his dribbles too (67%), proving that he is becoming a consistent and reliable mainstay in the team.

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As a result of his breakthrough with the Merseysiders, the 20-year-old Scotsman has been the recipient of high praise with Lampard hailing Patterson when assessing the right-back’s performances in the team earlier this month:

“He has shown character. People say he’s a really good offensive full back, but his defensive game has been excellent.

“It is hard on the full backs when we switched to a back four, because there are a lot more questions asked. But he has done great, and he’s a young player so he’s only going to get better.”

With that being said, the Everton boss will be hoping that the follow-up assessment of Patterson’s injury comes back positive and the full-back will be able to return to action sooner than initially expected.

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