Tue. Sep 27th, 2022
NATHAN PATTERSON faces an anxious wait to find out the extent of the injury he suffered against Ukraine, reports suggest.

The Everton defender had to be stretchered off the pitch at Hampden after going down holding his knee in the 21st minute during a 3-0 win for Scotland.

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Nathan Patterson’s injury is a cruel blew after a positive start to his season[/caption]

He received treatment for a good five minutes before Aaron Hickey was eventually put on to replace him once play had resumed.

Patterson, 20, was visibly in distress on the turf and Ukraine boss Oleksandr Petrakov even went out his way to offer support with a handshake as the defender was ushered up the tunnel.

The ex-Rangers star has been in fine form for Everton this season after a difficult first six months at Goodison Park, which in large parts was disrupted by injury issues.

But he won the praise of boss Frank Lampard for his performances to start the season and was quickly becoming a popular player with the fans too.

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According to the Daily Record, Patterson will see a specialist on Tuesday before finding out how bad his injury is.

He flew back from Scotland’s group camp and headed straight to Everton’s Finch Farm training ground to have scans on his knee and ankle.

The ankle in question here is the same ankle he had surgery on last season that forced him to miss the final two months of the Toffees’ Premier League campaign.

When asked about Patterson’s status and how bad the early prognosis was, Scotland boss Steve Clarke said: “We don’t know because he’s got to go away and get assess but it doesn’t look like a good one.

“Fingers crossed it’s not too bad.”

Meanwhile, Craig Gordon has revealed how close he came to missing Scotland’s match against Ukraine altogether.

The veteran goalkeeper and wife Summer are expected their second child quite literally any minute now.

Gordon said: “It was an eventful day, Yes. I went through on Wednesday morning but everything kind of stalled a little bit, so I was then OK to come back and join the squad.

“I was relatively calm about it all and I kept the management team updated on what was going on.

“In the end it was fine to come back — I was back by about four o’clock with the rest of the boys.

“If things had progressed more, maybe I wouldn’t have been able to play, I don’t know.

“I’ll need to thank the baby when he eventually comes for hanging off just a little bit longer!

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“He was due last week so who knows when it will happen.

“Hopefully he arrives soon and doesn’t go into the Ireland game.”

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