Report reveals worrying timescale for Nathan Patterson injury to give Frank Lampard headache

Nathan Patterson during an Everton warm up

Everton defender Nathan Patterson will reportedly on the sidelines for six weeks as a result of the knee injury he suffered on international duty with Scotland.

The right-back, who signed from Rangers in an £11million deal in the January transfer window, suffered the injury in the 3-0 win over Ukraine for Steve Clarke’s men on Thursday evening.

Patterson has been an ever-present for the Toffees so far this season, playing every minute under Frank Lampard.

He was particularly outstanding in the Merseyside derby draw with Liverpool, keeping the dangerous Luis Diaz quiet.

His injury will come as a blow to Lampard, with Everton facing a number of games before the World Cup in Qatar.

Patterson‘s diagnosis is set to be confirmed when he visits a specialist on Tuesday morning.

If he is out for six weeks then he will be out until the first week of November and would miss seven games in all.

Those fixtures include home games with Manchester United, Crystal Palace and Leicester and trips to Southampton, Tottenham, Newcastle and Fulham.

He could return for the League Cup tie with Bournemouth on November 8 or the league clash with the Cherries four days later.

However, the fact that Scotland have not qualified for the World Cup means Patterson will have extra time to get himself fully fit.

The player is therefore likely to head to Australia for Everton‘s mid-season tournament for those not involved in Qatar.

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