By Noel Whelan

4th Nov, 2022 | 11:52am

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Noel Whelan has insisted Nathan Patterson’s return to fitness will be a “massive boost” for Frank Lampard and the Everton side.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested veteran Seamus Coleman has “done a job” in the 21-year-old’s absence but expects Patterson to return to the lineup permanently.

Patterson replaced Coleman just after the hour mark during Everton’s 0-0 draw with Fulham last week (29 October).

The 11-time Scotland international will now eye a return to the Toffees’ starting line-up against Leicester on Saturday (5 November) after another week in training.

Patterson missed five Premier League matches with an ankle injury after impressing during seven consecutive 90-minute outings at the start of the campaign.

Coleman, 34, is out of contract at the end of the season in what could be the end of a 13-year spell at Goodison Park.

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Whelan insisted Patterson is returning to fitness “at the right time” as the Merseysiders prepare for the mid-season World Cup break.

He told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury: “I think getting that stability and longevity back in the defence is a plus for any manager.

“Patterson is that player. Coleman has served his time and has done a job with his experience, but when you’re looking for that energy – it’s got to be Patterson.

“It’s going to be a massive boost for Lampard and for the whole team.

“He’s coming back at the right time. Coming back just before the break lets him get back in the swing of things and get that continuity back for the rest of the defence.”

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