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Nathan Patterson has been ruled out of Scotland's squad for this summer's European Championships as he won't recover from surgery on his hamstring in time.

The Everton player was hopeful of beating the odds and being fit in time to feature in the tournament in Germany but his international boss, Steve Clarke, told the media today that neither of his first-choice right-backs will be make it.

Patterson tore his hamstring late in the 6-0 defeat at Chelsea last month on a rare appearance off the bench and needed to undergo an operation. As a result, he joins Brentford's Aaron Hickey in missing the Euros through injury.

His Goodison team-mate Vitalii Mykolenko remains hopeful that he can overcome an ankle ligament injury in time to be ready to represent Ukraine.

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He missed the final five games of the Premier League season after rolling the ankle during the Toffees' Merseyside derby victory over Liverpool buy avoided the need for surgery. 


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Mike Hayes
1 Posted 20/05/2024 at 20:32:07
Obviously the lad will be gutted and we won’t get to see if he’s up to the task and prove to Dyche he’s ready. Get well soon and let’s hope you can kick start your Everton career 💙
Les Moorcroft
2 Posted 20/05/2024 at 20:56:02
Get better lad. Chins up. Fresh for next season.
Danny O’Neill
3 Posted 20/05/2024 at 21:05:23
A shame for the lad.

I've had leg and ankle breaks and ligaments but was fortunate not to have a hamstring injury until after I had finished playing. Sprinting around a park thinking I was still 25 when I was approaching 40!!

It takes time to come back from, as do quad injuries, which are deceivingly bad from experience. That takes a lot of patient recovery.

Best wishes Nathan. Get fit and be ready to play for the blues next season.

Jim Bennings
4 Posted 20/05/2024 at 22:02:01
Seems to be having horrendous luck with injuries and his career hasn't got going at all yet.

I hope he can get free from injury soon and even if likely not with Everton he can find regular football somewhere.

Derek Knox
5 Posted 20/05/2024 at 22:04:36
Get well soon lad, pretty confident there is a decent player in there, if given a decent run when fit again.
Paul Birmingham
6 Posted 20/05/2024 at 22:22:52
Best of luck, Patto, and hopefully this injury jinx will be over.

Get ready in time, for preseason. UTFTs!

Jerome Shields
7 Posted 21/05/2024 at 06:54:37
You wonder what Patterson's training was going like prior to this injury. He has been months out of favour for selection and he had that bust-up with the manager in Portugal.

A hamstring I always think is as a result of problems at training level to start with. lt can be a particular problem at Everton, though less so this season under Dyche. He has been unfortunate he injured it so badly during a game that he needs an operation.

Ian Jones
8 Posted 21/05/2024 at 08:15:06
Such a pity for him. Playing for your country must be such an honour, doubly so if you are in a major competition. Scotland don't qualify for many tournaments so he'll feel it even more.
Rob Jones
9 Posted 21/05/2024 at 08:37:49
A shame for everyone. Scotland lose a useful squad player, Patterson loses a big chance at a major tournament (especially with Hickey already sidelined), and Everton lose the opportunity to shop window a player that the manager clearly does not rate.
Robert Tressell
10 Posted 21/05/2024 at 08:55:08
Shame how it has worked out for Patterson. He was obviously identified as the long term replacement for Coleman and clearly has ability - but's he's been injured a lot and failed to impress three managers now and it would surprise me if he's still in the manager's thoughts for next season.

I would have thought a new RB is close to the top of the list for new summer signings.

Also, it is good to see that Patterson (no stranger to wearing a kilt) is not accused of being weak as piss / a malingerer for his injuries by those who doubted DCL.

Ajay Gopal
11 Posted 21/05/2024 at 10:13:53
I don't think Sean Dyche has written off Patterson just yet. He clearly thinks that Nathan is talented and I don't remember him letting the team down whenever he has played. Dyche will probably be looking to Coleman and Young to bolster the full-back positions in the initial period of the campaign. Hopefully, Mykolenko gets back his fitness quickly and plays at the Euros. He was a vital part of a very solid defense this season. If he had been there instead of Young, I am pretty confident we wouldn't have conceded those goals against Luton and Arsenal, both of which were due to errors from Ashley Young and that would have been an additional 3 points.
Jack Convery
12 Posted 21/05/2024 at 11:27:14
Wishing Nathan a speedy recovery in time for next season. Whether it is with EFC remains another matter. If Dyche has made his mind up then we must surely bring in another full back asap. A back-up left-back too, as the one we've currently got ain't up to Premier League standard I'm afraid.

Out of contract lef-back Aaron Cresswell at West Ham. Relatively young at 34 could be a good signing. Another youngster at right-back would be Cedric Soares from Arsenal, only 32. Both are younger than Coleman and Young, so maybe a bit early for EFC interest.

Peter Warren
13 Posted 21/05/2024 at 20:57:06
Sorry for Patterson. As for EFC, I don't think Dyche has written him off at all. Clearly raw and he has potential.

He's not set the world alight and on the ball he's no Trent. He might turn into a very good full-back.

Dyche, rightly in my view, has viewed him defensively suspect. In our predicament, you can't risk him making mistakes so Young, Seamus and Godfrey preferred. You can't argue with our defensive record.

Terry Farrell
14 Posted 21/05/2024 at 21:42:07
Jack, we have enough old timers and Cresswell is no longer Premier League standard. Avoid.

Patterson to come back fighting fit and prove everyone wrong. He is quick, skilful, brave, good first touch, and works hard to make things happen at the top of the pitch.

Ashley Young has worked hard but he cannot play next season.

Sean Mitchell
15 Posted 22/05/2024 at 11:16:46
Would he be this injury prone at another club?

That's the question.

The lad has been plagued with bad luck, like the club has.

Bill Gienapp
16 Posted 22/05/2024 at 18:29:19
By far my biggest gripe with Dyche has been his poor handling of Patterson. A promising young right-back and his development's been completely stifled, and for what? So we can play Ashley Young?

(Good thing we have his cool veteran head out there, wouldn't want Patterson doing something rash like picking up two yellow cards in the first half of a derby…)

Mike Gaynes
17 Posted 22/05/2024 at 18:54:29
There's another name in the RB mix now besides Patto, Young and Seamus. I have pretty much dismissed Ben Godfrey as a potential CB for us, but I was impressed with his defensive development as an emergency RB during that stretch last winter. He has greatly improved his positioning (his pace helps) and his man-marking, as seen against Diaz in the derby. And he had spectacular shot blocks against the RS and Brentford.

Godfrey is, of course, an absolute zero going forward -- he cannot pass, cross the ball or shoot -- but Dyche values defense over attack in his fullbacks, and if Ben can become a safe, lockdown FB like Myko, he might surprise us all and inherit the starting job next season.

Tony Abrahams
18 Posted 22/05/2024 at 20:12:04
Thanks for the reminder Rob. It hasn’t stopped raining all day, and now I know the reason why!

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