The young winger was called into Howard Wilkinson’s England Under-21 squad last week for the friendly against Mexico, played at Filbert Street, a training camp in La Manga and onto Greece for a European Championship qualifier.
But the 19-year-old had to withdraw after feeling increased pain from a foot injury sustained against Manchester United last weekend.
It was a huge blow for Matty who it looks certain would have won his first England U21 cap after boss Howard Wilkinson gave every outfield player named in the team sheet a run out.
A despondent Matt revealed: "I picked up the problem on Saturday. It wasn’t much of a problem then, the adrenaline kept me going and I didn’t really feel it.
"But I went out for a meal on Sunday night and started to feel my foot throbbing more and more and thought ‘something’s up here’.
"I went to see a specialist on Monday, had a scan and that showed I had damaged ligaments on the top of my left foot.
"I had to pull out of the England squad which was a bit of a blow, especially after seeing most of the players get on against Mexico.
"I’m back in treatment at Spurs Lodge for a week and as long as I rest it, it shouldn’t be too much of a problem. I suppose it’s one of those things."
Matthew Etherington suffered international heartbreak on Thursday - as our injury curse struck again.