Nathan Patterson is facing up to five weeks on the sidelines over the ankle injury he suffered during Scotland’s 3-0 win over Ukraine in Glasgow last week.
The 20-year-old Everton right back was carried off on a stretcher following a clash with Ruslan Malinovskyi in the first half of the Nations League game at Hampden Park.
The former Rangers defender, who joined the English Premier League club for around 12m in January, missed Scotland’s next two games as they sealed promotion and a Euro 2024 playoff place with a 2-1 win over Ireland and 0-0 draw with the Ukrainians in Poland.
And Everton have now confirmed that he will likely be out for the entirety of next month
A statement from the club released on Wednesday said: “Everton defender Nathan Patterson is expected to be out for around four to five weeks with an ankle injury.
“Following a consultation with a specialist in London, Patterson will now undergo treatment under the care of Everton’s medical team at Finch Farm.”
Patterson been one of the Merseyside club’s most impressive performers this season, starting all eight first-team games so far.
His absence could mean a return to the side for the long-serving Seamus Coleman, who has made just one appearance this term after recovering from a groin operation in the summer.