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Everton suffer a HUGE injury setback as Nathan Patterson is sent off for Scotland

Everton have suffered a major setback after full-back Nathan Patterson was taken off the stretcher during Sunday night’s Scottish Nations League game.

The 20-year-old defender has broken into Frank Lampard’s starting XI this year and has been one of the Toffees’ most reliable players, playing every possible minute in their opening seven games.

But he could now be sidelined for an extended period after Scotland manager Steve Clarke admitted the injury “isn’t looking too good”.

Scotland beat Ukraine 3-0 in Group E of the Nations League thanks to goals from John McGinn and Lyndon Dykes, who scored twice.

However, for Everton fans, the game is marred by Patterson’s early exit from the game after initially trying to continue playing.

After challenging a header, the defender landed awkwardly and appeared to suffer a knee injury.

He was able to leave the pitch but looked a bit uneasy before being carried down the tunnel on a stretcher.

Scotland manager Clarke confirmed the injury but was unable to give any further details on the potential downtime.

“Nathan Patterson, it’s not looking too good, obviously felt something on his leg,” Clarke told Premier Sports.

“We’ll just have to wait and see how it develops. Hopefully it’s not too serious and hopefully he won’t be out for too long.”

It could prove yet another setback for an Everton side who only claimed their first league win in their last game against West Ham.

Lampard is already without Jordan Pickford, Yerry Mina, Ben Godfrey and Mason Holgate, meaning Patterson’s absence could prove costly for their already weakened defence.

The 20-year-old is unlikely to be available for his first game after the international break, which will see him travel to Southampton next weekend.

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