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Everton defender making progress after injury that ended another season early

Nathan Patterson is understood to be making good progress in his recovery from hamstring surgery.

The defender saw his season ended early when he suffered a serious injury in the defeat to Chelsea at the start of April.

He is continuing his work with the club through the close season and there is hope he will be available once Sean Dyche kicks off his summer programme of friendlies.

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The 22-year-old limped off the pitch in stoppage time during the 6-0 hammering at Stamford Bridge. He had been brought on at half-time after Seamus Coleman had picked up a knock.

It was the latest injury blow for a player whose time at Everton has been beset by misfortune. A January 2022 signing from Rangers, he has had several runs in the first team disrupted by setbacks and ended each of his three campaigns with the Blues with injuries that have ruled him out of the final minutes of the season.

The hamstring injury he picked up at Chelsea required surgery that led to him being unable to feature in Scotland's plans for Euro 2024, Patterson one of several notable absences from Steve Clarke’s squad.

It is hoped he will return in time to undergo Dyche’s rigorous build-up to the season in what will be a pivotal summer for the defender’s Everton career as he fights to establish himself as a first team player in a squad that has struggled to find consistency on the right side of defence for several seasons.