By Ben Dinnery

21st Nov, 2022 | 1:08pm

Insider issues 'unprecedented' claim after Nathan Patterson injury twist at Everton

Nathan Patterson pulling out of the Scotland squad should not be a concern for Everton.

That is the view of medical expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in injury and data analysis, speaking exclusively to Football Insider.

Patterson pulled out of the Scotland squad for their 2-1 loss to Turkey last week (16 November).

The 21-year-old made his first start in almost two months for Everton in their 3-0 defeat to Bournemouth in their final Premier League game before the break.

He was on the sidelines for a significant period due to an ankle injury and also started the Toffees’ penalty shootout victory over Celtic in the Sydney Super Cup on Sunday (20 November).

“I think it’s more just player management,” Dinnery told Football Insider‘s Connor Whitley.

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“I would be more concerned if we were talking about a competitive game.

“Players are coming into this very unprecedented season with the fixtures and break.

“Nathan Patterson only had one start since returning from that injury so he’s not fully up to fitness and is still working his way back. Undoubtedly, there are probably some little niggles that need to be addressed.

“Questions are often levied like, how can they be tired, he hasn’t played?

“When you are recovering from a serious injury, those days and rehab can go from eight in the morning to five or six in the evening six or seven days a week.

“Nathan Patterson will have spent the majority of his recovery working really hard just to physically be in the frame to return before the Winter break.

“It’s an opportunity for them to step back and re-evaluate things. Ultimately, it’s about refocusing and looking ahead to the second half of the campaign. I don’t see it being too much of an issue.”

In other news, Everton are set for an FA investigation after an Alexander Iwobi controversy.