The news that Nathan Patterson will be out for up to six weeks has delivered Everton another injury blow.
Around the hour mark of Tuesday night’s 4-1 loss to Brighton at Goodison Park, the Scottish full-back was pulled off with what appeared to be a knee injury.
However, with the 21-year-old sidelined for the foreseeable future, that slight setback is now more catastrophic than initially anticipated.
Frank Lampard said the following during his press appearance on Thursday:
“He’s out for six weeks, unfortunately it’s a medial ligament injury.
“It’s a blow and a freak one in terms of how he did the injury. It’s a big blow for us.
“He’s a young full-back who has broke through and done really well for us and now it’s time for others to take that mantle.
“He’ll be back in six weeks which sounds a long time right now, but he will be back.”
Following an ankle injury sustained earlier in the season while representing Scotland internationally, Nathan Patterson will miss two more games this season.
However, despite only making 15 appearances for the Toffees across all competitions this season, the full-back has been a crucial part of Everton’s success.
With the Merseyside team slipping into the bottom three, Lampard also discussed his own future.
The question of whether he is looking for confirmation from the board on his position at the club was put to him.
And he said:
“I have never and would never seek reassurances. My job is to absolutely focus on the job at hand, day to day and game to game.
“That’s the absolute reality of it. I actually don’t need reassurances.
“I come to work to try and improve a little bit every day – myself, the team, the squad and everything so I’m not hunting around for any reassurances.”