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Ben Godfrey sustains injury against Chelsea

    The Everton defender only lasted 20 minutes against Chelsea.

    Everton defender Ben Godfrey was stretchered off the field during his team’s Premier League match against Chelsea on Saturday. The centre-back left the field with a horrific ankle injury after sliding into a tackle just 10 minutes into the season opener at Goodison Park.

    The 24-year-old let Jordan Pickford down with a back pass, and despite replays showing the ball had crossed the byline, the game went on. The Toffees goalkeeper scrambled to stop a corner but only found Kai Havertz in a good position.

    Why was Godfrey stretchered off against Chelsea?

    To make amends for his error, Godfrey flew into a tackle and managed to steal the ball from his opponent, resulting in a corner.

    The Everton fans in the Gwladys Street End fell silent, clearly sensing the damage he had caused, and the player himself appeared shell-shocked, immediately telling referee Craig Pawson that he needed attention.

    The medical team quickly requested a stretcher, and Godfrey was replaced by Mason Holgate to a standing ovation from both sets of supporters.

    It only exacerbates Frank Lampard’s injury crisis at Everton. Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Andros Townsend, Andre Gomes, and Tom Davies are already out.

    Everton confirmed he had a lower-leg injury and was taken to the hospital.

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