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Everton issue update on Ben Godfrey after suffering grim injury

Everton issue an update on Ben Godfrey after suffering a grim injury, being stretchered off and taken to hospital in the game against Chelsea.

The 24 year old defender had suffered a serious injury in the first half on Saturday night, receiving lengthy treatment and oxygen on the pitch before being taken off.

At first it appeared to be a possible broken ankle, Frank Lampard explaining post-match that Everton believe Godfrey has fractured his fibula after getting his foot stuck in the grass.

Everton posted from their official Twitter account just after 6.30pm: “We can 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 think it’s a small fracture of his leg, his fibula. We’ll see how long that’ll be. It looks like his foot got caught in the grass.”

Godfrey went down just 10 minutes into Everton’s first game of the new Premier League season after sliding in to challenge Kai Havertz as the Chelsea striker made his way towards the near post down the Toffees’ byline.

However as can be seen in the clip, the 24-year-old’s leg got caught underneath the tackle and the England youth international was left in agony, really is a tough watch for many.

The severity of the issue was immediately obvious to both his teammates and the fans fell silent following inside Goodison Park.

The incident came after Godfrey had initially overhit a back-pass to Jordan Pickford, with the ball went out of play however the officials failed to spot it to award a corner, and it allowed Havertz to steal in and attempt to break into the box.

In an effort to make up for his mistake and win back the ball, Godfrey slid in but suffered an ugly injury in the process and had to be replaced by Mason Holgate.

Godfrey was seen to for several minutes by Everton’s medical staff.

He was eventually carried along the touchline towards the stadium’s Park End exit and was quickly taken to a local hospital for further treatment. It led to eight minutes of additional time in the first 45 minutes.

Godfrey is added to a list of Everton players injured with Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Andros Townsend, Andre Gomes and Tom Davies unavailable the visit of Chelsea.

There was more frustration in the second half with Yerry Mina going down with an apparent ankle problem and had to be taken off with 20 minutes to go, he did walk off the pitch. Summer signing Ruben Vinagre came on to make his debut for the Merseyside outfit.

Jorginho put Chelsea 1-0 up before the break at Goodison Park by scoring from the spot after Abdoulaye Doucoure had brought down Ben Chilwell, the Italian midfielder made no mistake, sending Pickford the wrong way from 12 yards.

Player ratings (via Sky Sports)

Everton: Pickford (6), Tarkowski (7), Mina (6), Godfrey (6), Patterson (6), Doucoure (6), Iwobi (6), Mykolenko (7), McNeil (6), Gordon (7), Gray (6).

Subs: Holgate (6), Alli (5), Vinagre (6).

Chelsea: Mendy (7), Silva (7), Azpilicueta (7), Koulibaly (7), James (6), Kante (8) Jorginho (7), Chilwell (6), Mount (6), Havertz (5), Sterling (7).

Subs: Pulisic (5), Loftus-Cheek (6), Cucurella (7), Broja (6), Gallagher (n/a).

Man of the match: N’Golo Kante.

Sky Sports co-commentator Alan Smith reflected of Godfrey’s injury: “It’s the worst news for any player. You work so hard during pre-season to get to the right level of fitness, look forward to the opening day and then an accident like that happens. He went into the challenge in a well-meaning way, trying to rescue his own mistake.”

Ben Godfrey thanked Everton fans for their messages after his devastating injury where he potentially faces up to three months on the sidelines.

Taking to Twitter, Godfrey wrote: “It’s part of the game, thank you for all the messages I appreciate it.”

Fans reacted as Everton issue an update on Ben Godfrey after suffering a grim injury…

@EFCdaily_: Rest up, Ben 💙👏

@AKL1986: Speedy recovery you’ll be missed

@seanpowell18781: Get well soon mate 💙

@534Nz: Take care Ben! We are all with you 💙✨

@UpperGwladysBlu: Get well soon Ben! You are a quality player & we’ll miss you whilst you’re out. Wishing you a speedy recovery! 👍🏻💙

@FinKitch: Come back stronger big man. #UTFT

@MarkHu84: Get back fit and healthy soon mate. Such bad luck for you AGAIN. UTFT!

@AJ_1878: Everyone wants you back asap. We hope and pray it ain’t as bad as it looked!! Hope your recovery goes well 💙❤️ 💪

@Fordyla: Get better soon mate. Gutted for you but you’ll be back much stronger 💙 COYB UTFT

@karlrigby1981: Take care mate, rest up and come back stronger, you know 100% we will all be waiting for you to come back

@scouseborrower: Speedy recovery mate!! You’ll be back stronger and with fire in your belly!! 💥💙💙

@ethanhoward_9: never happens if the linesman does his job, gws ben

@Boehly_: True, completely avoidable situation.

@bmutft: Sack the linesman

@Haru_Baileeeyy: Linesman shouldn’t be in a job

@Harrys1878nsno: Coady In by this week

@crystal_fists: Coady in. We need a backbone. Unlucky Godfrey but Mina isn’t up for the fight as good a player he is… Holgate done well when he came on. Let’s hope he can build on it.

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