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.