Everton offered an update on Ben Godfrey after the defender had to be stretched out with a very serious injury in the first half of their clash with chelsea Saturday evening. Godfrey received lengthy treatment and oxygen on the pitch before being taken out on a stretcher with his injury, which at first appeared to be a possible broken ankle.
Everton posted on their official Twitter account just after 6.30pm: “We can confirm that Ben Godfrey has suffered a leg injury and has been taken to hospital. We are all with you, @BenG0dfrey!”
Godfrey went down just 10 minutes into Everton’s first game of the new Premier League season after slipping in to challenge Kai Havertz as the Chelsea striker headed for the near post on the Toffees line. But the 24-year-old’s leg got stuck under the tackle and the England youth international was left in agony.
The seriousness of the problem was immediately apparent to his teammates and the fans with a silence inside Goodison Park. The incident came after Godfrey initially overshot a back pass to Jordan Pickford. The ball went out of play but the officials failed to spot it to award a corner which allowed Havertz to sneak in and try to break into the box.
In an effort to make up for his mistake and win the ball back, Godfrey slipped out but suffered a nasty injury in the process and had to be replaced by Mason Holgate. Godfrey was seen for several minutes by Everton medical staff.
He was eventually transported along the touchline towards the stadium’s Park End exit and was promptly taken to a local hospital for further treatment. This led to eight minutes of added time in the first 45 minutes.
Everton had a number of injuries to deal with already before the Godfrey hit. Frank Lampard was without Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Andros Townsend, Andre Gomes and Tom Davies for the visit to his former club Chelsea.
There was more misfortune in the second half too, when Yerry Mina went down with an apparent ankle problem and had to be taken off with 20 minutes to go, although he was able to leave the pitch. Summer signing Ruben Vinagre has made his debut for the Merseyside outfit.
Jorginho led Chelsea 1-0 before half-time at Goodison Park by scoring from the spot. Abdoulaye Doucoure had brought down Ben Chilwell just before the half-time whistle and the Italian midfielder sent Pickford the wrong way from 12 yards out.
Sky Sports co-commentator Alan Smith meanwhile spoke about Godfrey’s injury: “It’s the worst news for any player. You work so hard in pre-season to get to the right level of fitness, look forward to the opening day, then an accident like This happens He took up the challenge in a well-meaning way, trying to save his own mistake.
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