May 16, 2024

 

Nathan Patterson hoping injury does not hold him back after positive Everton pre-season

The Scotland international has endured an injury-hit 18 months

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Nathan Patterson believes he is “in a good place” to overcome his injury problems and push on with his Everton career.

The Scotland international has been plagued by serious issues since joining the Blues in the January of last year. Those knocks have held him back after several positive stints in the side when he has been fit.

His latest setback saw him withdrawn from the penultimate game of the last campaign at Wolverhampton Wanderers with a hamstring problem.

Patterson then spent a significant part of the close season fighting to overcome the injury and lay the foundation for a positive pre-season. His hard work has paid off and he has established himself as the favoured right back over recent weeks, despite the return of James Garner to Finch Farm. Garner had impressed on the right in Patterson’s absence on the final day of last season, then held down that position for the England Under-21s during its triumph in the European Championships.

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Amid an injury to Seamus Coleman, Patterson started last season as the first choice defender on the right, first at wing back then as right back, before his first injury of the season halted his momentum. With Coleman again injured, the 21-year-old looks destined to start against Fulham on Saturday.

Speaking about his work to rebuild his fitness this summer, Patterson told the Everton website: “I’m feeling very good. I feel like I’ve got myself in a good place – I’m feeling really fit and ready to go for the start of the season. It’s about staying there physically now and really kicking on for me. I just can’t wait for next weekend now. The first game of the season here, we know it’ll be a sell out and we know it’ll be loud with the fans up for it.”

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