Everton have shared an injury update regarding full-back Nathan Patterson.

During the first half of Scotland’s 3-0 win over Ukraine last week, the Toffees defender was stretchered off after picking up a suspected injury.

What’s the news?

The Premier League club shared an official update on their website and via Twitter, with the latter correspondence stating: “Nathan Patterson is expected to be out for around four to five weeks with an ankle injury sustained while on international duty.”

As one of the three Everton players to have featured in every minute of Premier League action for Frank Lampard’s side so far this season, this highlights just how reliant the Toffees manager has been on the defender.

Patterson impressive for Everton

In terms of what he has offered on the pitch across his seven league appearances, Patterson has shown why he deserves to be seen as one of the club’s top performers, with BBC pundit Danny Murphy commending how the Scotland gem “gets a foot in” when defending for his team.

For instance, the 20-year-old has the highest combined total of tackles and interceptions (38) of any player at the club, while also recording more pressures in the defensive third of the pitch (75) than any of his team-mates.

His overall performances have earned the youngster a solid season rating of 6.92/10, making him the second-highest rated outfield player at the club according to WhoScored. This all shows just how impressive he has been for the Toffees so far this season and why his absence will be a blow for the team and for Lampard.

Coleman to come in?

With Seamus Coleman being the only other natural right-back in Lampard’s squad, it seems likely that the 33-year-old will be selected to fill in for Patterson while the Scottish youngster is out injured.

However, it’s still safe to assume that everyone at the club will be hoping that the ex-Rangers gem can recover swiftly and get back to full fitness as soon as possible.