Everton manager Frank Lampard has provided an early insight into the wellbeing of Toffees star Ben Godfrey.
The name of stopper Godfrey, of course, took its place centre stage in the headlines earlier today.
Unfortunately for all associated with Everton, though, this was owing to altogether less than positive reasons.
The Merseysiders, a short time ago, welcomed Chelsea to Goodison Park, eventually slipping to a 1-0 defeat in the club’s Premier League season opener.
Even more concerning than the eventual result, though, was an injury suffered by the aforementioned Godfrey.
After throwing himself into a challenge with Kai Havertz in the hosts’ penalty area, and winning the ball clean, it quickly became clear that Godfrey had emerged from the exchange much the worse.
Replays, in turn, showcased the defender’s right foot catching badly in the turf, before twisting violently underneath the weight of his body.
As Godfrey lay in agony on the pitch, the Everton medical team quickly came to his aid, culminating in a lengthy stoppage in play as the 24-year-old was fitted with a leg brace, and provided with an oxygen mask.
After a full seven minutes, he was then stretchered from the field of play, replaced in the Toffees’ backline by Mason Holgate.
Speaking in the aftermath of his side’s defeat, it therefore came as little surprise when the subject of Godfrey’s wellbeing was put to boss Frank Lampard.
And the English tactician went on to confirm that the defender has suffered a minor fibula fracture, with a timeframe of ‘months’ out of action, in turn, on the cards.