Medical expert: 'Huge' Nathan Patterson announcement is 'big' news for Everton
Nathan Patterson’s inclusion in the Scotland squad is a “big” psychological boost for the Everton starlet.
That is the view of injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.
Patterson, 20, has featured just once since he signed for Everton from Rangers in January.
He underwent surgery on an ankle problem in April.
But as relayed by BBC Sport on Monday (23 May), the right-back has been named in Steve Clarke’s squad for the upcoming internationals.
Scotland face Ukraine in the World Cup play-off semi-final and will take on either Poland or Wales in the final if they make it that far.
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And Dinnery suggests that, although Patterson will miss the first game, his involvement in the squad is also good news for Everton ahead of his return next season.
“My understanding is that he’s expected to miss out against Ukraine,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.
“Lampard, in the not too distant past, was a player himself. Maybe he has got more empathy for the international team and the difficulty that the managers have. It’s a results-driven business.
“You just hope as a manager that the right decisions are taken without taking too big a risks.
“To be part of that squad could be a big psychological boost. It’s a huge game and he’ll be delighted to be around the squad.
“A change of scenery and some good work on the training pitches will stand him in good stead to get ready for the new campaign with Everton.”
Patterson has been capped eight times by his country.
Scotland face Armenia and the Republic of Ireland in Nations League games after the World Cup qualifying run-off.