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Everton & Scotland’s Patterson ruled out for season



Nathan Patterson, who has 21 caps, is a doubt for the Euro 2024 finals

Everton and Scotland right-back Nathan Patterson has been ruled out for the rest of the season in a blow to his hopes of playing at Euro 2024.

Club manager Sean Dyche confirmed on Friday that the 22-year-old will require surgery on a hamstring injury.

Asked about Patterson’s chances of making Germany this summer, Dyche said: “I don’t know on the medical side of the times other than this season, as in playing for us.

“But he will have surgery.”

It means national head coach Steve Clarke could be without his two most favoured right-backs for the tournament in Germany.

It has already been reported that Aaron Hickey is unlikely to feature for Brentford again this season.

Patterson limped off during Monday’s 6-0 Premier League thrashing by Chelsea having picked up the injury in stoppage time.

“Patto will be out for the season,” Dyche said as his side prepare to face Nottingham Forest on Sunday. “It’s a very unfortunate injury. We’re disappointed in that one, for him as much as us as well.

“It’s a shame for Patto. He came on and looked sharp the other night. He’s been training really well, just getting back to where I think he can be – because I think he’s a very good player – and he’s very unfortunate with a really awkward fall.

“He won’t make another game this season, I’m sure.”

Hickey has not played since October – he also suffered a hamstring injury at Stamford Bridge – but has not given up hope of making the Euros.

Celtic right-back Anthony Ralston has been in recent squads, while Bristol City’s versatile Ross McCrorie, who has featured at right-back in his career, was also a late call-up recently.

Clarke suffered a major blow earlier in the week when it was revealed that in-form Bologna midfielder Lewis Ferguson had suffered cruciate ligament damage, ruling him out of the summer tournament in Germany.

There was better news for Clarke from Norwich City this week when it was revealed that Grant Hanley is expected to return to training next week.

The centre-half pulled out of the Scotland squad for recent friendlies against the Netherlands and Northern Ireland after suffering a setback following his recent return from a long-term Achilles injury.

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