How Bad Is Nathan Patterson’s Injury?

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Frank Lampard faces a tough battle to turn around the results at Everton. The Toffees suffered a 4-1 defeat to Brighton in midweek, and to make things worse, Nathan Patterson was forced off in the second half with a concerning knee injury.

While we will not be discussing the result any further because the sooner we forget the better, instead, I will be breaking down Nathan Patterson’s right knee injury including the video analysis, potential structures involved, severity and timeline. Let’s get started.

Nathan Patterson was substituted off in the second half after suffering an injury to his right knee. The Scottish International got his foot stuck on the turf while attempting a sliding tackle, therefore resulting in awkward twisting of the knee.

While watching back the video, we noticed his knee was forced in the dynamic valgus position (knee buckles inwards), which is a very concerning mechanism for the medial collateral ligament(MCL).

Later, we observed the physio performing a valgus stress test on Patterson’s right knee. For those of you who don’t know, a valgus stress test is performed to check the integrity of the MCL.

Frank Lampard pretty much confirmed it in his post-match conference:

“Knee injury. Could be weeks. Medial ligaments.

“We’ll have to get it scanned but it looks like a medial [issue], which is not ideal.”

Now, the two most important concerns for the fans are:

  1. How bad is the injury?
  2. How long is he gonna be out for?

Don’t worry, I got you covered. Frank Lampard provided an update on the timeframe of the injury:

“Nathan’s out for six weeks, unfortunately. It’s a medial ligament injury.”

The reported timeline matches that of a Grade 2 MCL sprain, which is generally around 6-8 weeks. The grading system outlines the severity of the injury, which, in this case(Grade 2) suggests a partial tear of the ligament.

We hope Nathan recovers soon and does not try to rush from injury as there’s always the risk of re-injuries, as seen with Chelsea’s Wesley Fofana. Finally, I hope you liked the update and let me know if you’d like more injury updates. Thank you!

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