Everton has new injury care with Mykolenko after Patterson’s blow

Vitalii Mykolenko is harboring new injury concerns for Everton after missing Ukraine’s Nations League meeting with Scotland on Wednesday, he revealed to Ukrainian media.

The left-back sat out the international game on September 21 after feeling “uncomfortable” in the Premier League win over West Ham over the weekend (September 18), and while he says it should be “good”, it is a extra care for Frank Lampard.

The Toffees boss saw his starting fullback on the other side Nathan Patterson stretcher out after starting the same game for Scotland, having already knocked out centre-backs Yerry Mina, Ben Godfrey and Mason Holgate.

Speaking to official Ukrainian FA media before the game at Hampden Park, Mykolenko said: “I probably won’t be able to help the boys tomorrow because even now I’m not participating in training and preparing for the game.

“I felt uneasy during the last game of the English Championship, and today the doctors did an examination and said that everything is more or less okay, but we have to wait a little longer.

“If the coaches take me, I will prepare for the next encounters.”

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The precautions taken by the Ukrainian line-up may have prevented another blow to the Toffees defence.

But Lampard will wonder what curse has been put on defensive players in his squad as they continue to be plagued by terrible luck in that division.

Steve Clarke admitted it didn’t look good for his man to be stretched, and his former Chelsea colleague back at Merseyside will hope it doesn’t become a lengthy layoff.

Any problem with Mykolenko would mean a double setback at a terrible time, just as the first win has been won and the club are looking to build on a strong unbeaten run to move up the ranks.

The two young full-backs have been an integral part of the defense which has been built by leaps and bounds this season, alongside James Tarkowski and Conor Coady centre-backs.

All four have only arrived at Everton in the past year, but have transformed the fortunes at the back, so with most existing options already ruled out, it would be a major blow if that foursome were to be broken up at all, let alone cut in half at this stage.

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