Nathan Patterson has revealed the extensive work he has put in with Everton's medical team as he closes on a return to First-Team action.
The 21-year-old right-back enjoyed an impressive start to the season but has been sidelined for the past month after sustaining an ankle injury in Scotland’s 3-0 Nations League win over Ukraine at Hampden Park on 21 September.
As manager Frank Lampard revealed last week, Patterson is now aiming to be available for the Blues' trip to Fulham at the weekend.
“Yeah, I am doing well. I am nearly back, next week hopefully. I am recovering well,” said Patterson on Everton Live, the Club's live pre-match show, ahead of Saturday's 3-0 win over Crystal Palace.
“It is part of the game, you can get injured, but it is obviously how you recover. I have been working hard with the physios and just making sure I rehab properly and get back as soon as possible.
"I was doing really well and picking up good form and the team was doing well.
“It was disappointing to have to come out of the team and just watch from the sidelines and not help at certain points.
"Hopefully I can get back in the team as soon as possible.”
Club captain Seamus Coleman has been drafted into the starting line-up in Patterson's absence - and the Scot says his relationship with the 34-year-old could not be better.
“It has been great. Since I came in through the front door from the very first day he has been there helping me, praising me and wanting me to do better,” Patterson said about Coleman.
“We speak to each other and work hard together to try to benefit the Club. we have been doing that well and it has paid off this season.
“He’s come in while I have been injured and done really well. It is expected of him because he is a top athlete and top guy.”
Patterson's superb early-season form saw supporters create a song in his honour to the tune of Following The Sun by SUPER-Hi x NEEKA.
Asked about the chant, Patterson added: “It is good to have the backing from the fans every week and, if they have made a song for you, it is a proud moment for yourself.
"The fans believe in you and obviously it gives you the confidence boost to go and do well in the games.”