Ben Godfrey suffers broken leg in Premier League opener for Everton

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Everton defender Ben Godfrey is removed from the pitch after picking up an injury against Chelsea at Goodison Park. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire
Everton defender Ben Godfrey is removed from the pitch after picking up an injury against Chelsea at Goodison Park. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire

BEN GODFREY suffered a broken leg in Everton's 1-0 home defeat to Chelsea.

The former York City defender was carried off on a stretcher with a fractured fibula just 10 minutes into his side's Premier League opener at Goodison Park.

"It's a small fracture of his fibula bone," reported Everton manager Frank Lampard.

"We are thinking two or three months (out), that is a really quick assessment."

In a brief post on social media, York-born Godfrey wrote: "It's part of the game. Thank you for all the messages, I appreciate it."

Without Godfrey, Everton went to concede a penalty in late first-half added time, scored by Jorginho.

Next up for the Toffees is a trip to Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon (12.30pm).