Defender Ben Godfrey suffered an awful injury just minutes into Everton’s clash with Chelsea.
At Goodison Park, the 24-year-old twisted his ankle in an attempt to tackle Blues attacker Kai Havertz. Play was stopped for eight minutes as a medic team rushed on to give the Toffees player oxygen before he was stretched off. The harrowing incident made the entire stadium – which was bouncing just seconds before – fall into an almost silenced hush.
Viewers at home delivered their well-wishes to Godfrey as he was sent to hospital for the collision. One wrote: “This is terrible. I feel so bad for Godfrey,” to which another responded: “So far out and it’s led to a big injury. Awful.”
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Some complained that the whistle should have been blown as the ball went out of play and the linesman was late to see it, meaning the blame fell at the official’s door.
However, another stated that such as decision is ridiculous. One said: “It really shouldn't need saying out loud, but blaming the linesman for the Godfrey injury is about as rational as blaming Pickford for keeping it in play or Godfrey himself for the backpass. I.e. bats**t crazy. It's also Pickford's job not to do dumb shit like keep that ball in play, but again, it wouldn't make much sense to blame him either.
“Maybe Lampard's at fault? If he hadn't picked Godfrey this never would have happened! It was a freak accident. They can happen when you do sports.”
Everton will be hoping for a better season than the last campaign when they struggled with even staying in the Premier League. They survived by a whisper – but financial constraints has meant that they have not been able to spend big in the transfer window.
Winger Dwight McNeil is their marquee signing of the summer so far, coming in from Burnley along with defender James Tarkowski. Richarlison went to Tottenham for around £60million, giving the side some breathing space.
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