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Nathan Patterson stuck in limbo as Everton star forced into injury waiting game over return timeline

Nathan Patterson will visit a top specialist on Tuesday as his anxious wait for news on his latest injury set back rumbles on.

The Scotland and Everton kid had to be stretchered off at Hampden on Wednesday night after going down during the victory over Ukraine. The 20-year-old withdrew from Steve Clarke’s squad the following day as he headed straight back to the Toffee’s Finch Farm training base to have scans on both his knee and ankle. Worryingly, it’s the same ankle which had to be operated on as he sat out the final two months of last season.

Clarke last night said he’d received “no feedback yet” on the former Rangers right-back’s condition. And Record Sport understands there will be no further update on the length of his potential lay off until he visits an expert medic on Tuesday. The wait will concern both Clarke and Goodison gaffer Frank Lampard given Patterson ’s impressive start to the season.

He registered just 45 minutes of action for his new side last season despite costing the Premier League big guns £12million when they struck the deal that saw him swap Ibrox for Merseyside. But he’s quickly hushed his doubters down south this term with a string of striking displays having started all seven of Everton’s English top-flight games so far this season.

Patterson landed awkwardly when challenging for the ball and although he was able to walk off the pitch, a stretcher was soon called. He was replaced by Brentford's Aaron Hickey early in the Nations League clash.