Everton have offered an update on Ben Godfrey after the defender needed to be stretchered off with a really serious injury in the primary half of their clash with Chelsea on Saturday night. Godfrey received lengthy treatment and oxygen on the pitch before being taken off on a stretcher along with his injury, which at first gave the impression to be a possible broken ankle. Frank Lampard explained post-match that Everton consider Godfrey has fractured his fibula after getting his foot stuck within the grass.
Everton posted from their official Twitter account just after 6.30pm: “We will confirm Ben Godfrey has suffered a lower leg injury and has been taken to hospital. We’re all with you, @BenG0dfrey!” Lampard added post-match: “We predict it is a small fracture of his leg, his fibula. We’ll see how long that’ll be. It looks like his foot got caught within the grass.”
Godfrey went down just 10 minutes into Everton’s first match of the brand new Premier League season after sliding in to challenge Kai Havertz because the Chelsea striker made his way towards the near post down the Toffees’ byline. However the 24-year-old’s leg got caught underneath the tackle and the England youth international was left in agony.
The severity of the problem was immediately obvious to each his team-mates and the fans with a hush of silence following inside Goodison Park. The incident got here after Godfrey had initially overhit a back-pass to Jordan Pickford. The ball went out of play however the officials didn’t spot it to award a corner, which allowed Havertz to steal in and try to break into the box.
In an effort to amend for his mistake and win back the ball, Godfrey slid in but suffered an unsightly injury in the method and had to get replaced by Mason Holgate. Godfrey was seen to for several minutes by Everton’s medical staff.
He was eventually carried down the touchline towards the stadium’s Park End exit and was quickly taken to an area hospital for further treatment. It led to eight minutes of additional time in the primary 45 minutes.
Everton had various injuries to contend with already before Godfrey’s blow. Frank Lampard was without Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Andros Townsend, Andre Gomes and Tom Davies for the visit of his former club Chelsea.
There was more woe within the second half, too, when Yerry Mina went down with an apparent ankle problem and needed to be taken off with 20 minutes to go, though he was capable of walk off the pitch. Summer signing Ruben Vinagre got here on to make his debut for the Merseyside outfit.
Jorginho put Chelsea 1-0 up before half-time at Goodison Park by scoring from the spot. Abdoulaye Doucoure had brought down Ben Chilwell just before the half-time whistle was sounded and the Italian midfielder sent Pickford the incorrect way from 12 yards.
Sky Sports co-commentator Alan Smith meanwhile reflected of Godfrey’s injury: “It is the worst news for any player. You’re employed so hard during pre-season to get to the proper level of fitness, look ahead to the opening day after which an accident like that happens. He went into the challenge in a well-meaning way, attempting to rescue his own mistake.”