Godfrey injury mars FA Cup win over Brentford

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Updated Ben Godfrey left Goodison Park on crutches after the win over Brentford and is expected to be out of action until next month with a torn hamstring.

The defender pulled up hobbling after stretching into a tackle and had to be helped off the pitch before being replaced by Yerry Mina just 12 minutes into the 4-1 win in the FA Cup.

Frank Lampard confirmed afterwards that Godfrey suffered a hamstring injury which is expected to be confirmed by scans back at Finch Farm in the next couple of days but it looked serious enough that he now faces a spell in the sidelines.

“It's a hamstring injury, which is to be assessed," Lampard said. "It's not good. We're slightly concerned.

"He will be missing for a period of time. I don't necessarily know the severity of the injury but it's a hamstring.”

Scans at Finch Farm have since revealed a tear to the muscle and the club have announced that Godfrey is expected to be sidelined "until March", with Lampard indicating in his press conference on Monday that he expected to be out for "4 to 5 weeks".

Meanwhile, Abdoulaye Doucouré has been pencilled in for a return to action around the end of February.


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David Pearl
1 Posted 05/02/2022 at 18:38:14
Shame for Ben but Mina and Branthwaite to come in. Interestingly we started with Godfrey and Holgate either side of Keane. Maybe l'm wrong but the last time we started those 3 together was the derby win last season.
Jerome Shields
2 Posted 05/02/2022 at 22:53:52
Wishing Godfrey a speedy recovery.
Matthew Williams
3 Posted 06/02/2022 at 10:30:41
Really bad luck for the lad on an otherwise great day for us yesterday,but it now gives other members of our squad a chance to shine under the watchful eye of our new Gaffer.
Tom Harvey
4 Posted 06/02/2022 at 14:25:57
We'll miss him!
Mark Ryan
5 Posted 07/02/2022 at 14:15:34
Gutted for the lad, we'll miss his energy and pace. Hope he fully recovers as soon as possible.
Dennis Stevens
6 Posted 07/02/2022 at 14:22:50
Back in March? I thought we'd be lucky to see him much before the end of the season, it seemed so severe. Hopefully the other defenders perform well so that there's no pressure to rush him back too quickly.
Bobby Mallon
7 Posted 07/02/2022 at 15:22:22
He's a very good defender but would he have got on the end of that header as Mina did?
Steavey Buckley
8 Posted 07/02/2022 at 15:22:23
Losing Godfrey to a hamstring injury was too big a price for the FA Cup win. Everton already have a leaky defence even with Godfrey. Godfrey is the only left back who can defend properly.

It was a failure not to secure another centre-half during the transfer window. Everton can have as many more attackers and midfield players as they like, but defending properly will determine if Everton survive relegation.

Jack Convery
9 Posted 07/02/2022 at 15:23:58
Vitalii Mykolenko: your time has arrived. So grab your chance with both hands. Down to one left-back again. Bad luck for Godfrey. Something tells me he'll be more than pleased to see the back of this season. Though wouldn't we all.
Jay Wood

10 Posted 07/02/2022 at 15:34:14
If you like your manager's press conferences to be honest, direct and full of clarity, watch Frank's presser from today ahead of the Barcodes game:

Frank Lampard Newcastle Presser

Fast forward from the still picture to around 10 minutes to the start of his Q&As.

On Godfrey, if all goes well he is out for 4-5 weeks. Same as Delph. Doucoure 3-4 weeks.

The three 'Ds' - Dom, Donny and Dele - are all in the matchday squad. Frank speaks glowingly of all three and how they are applying themselves, as well as showing their qualities, in the week since the manager arrived.

Dele has had criticism for turning up in a £300,000 Rolls Royce in training and for his dress attire at the game on Saturday. Doesn't interest Frank in the least.

Understands the importance of the next two games, but is not bigging them up as there are 18 games to go to the end of the season.

If he speaks with the same quiet confidence and clarity to the players as he uses in public, we've got a gud 'un here.

Robert Tressell
11 Posted 07/02/2022 at 15:56:56
Shame for Godfrey, such an easy player to like. Good opportunity for Branthwaite and Mykolenko though. And Holgate, too, to be fair. Possibly the player who might benefit most from Lampard's appointment.

Can't wait to see the three Ds together.

Derek Knox
12 Posted 07/02/2022 at 16:09:27
Robert, Baby Love, the 3 Ds or The Supremes? :-)

Shame for Ben, but I am confident he will bounce back and make himself hard not to be picked!

Andy McGuffog
13 Posted 07/02/2022 at 16:29:38
So Alli turns up in a Rolls! Flash bastard – kick him out of the club.

I heard that that Dixie Dean bloke once let a 19, and a 44, go by in order to jump on a 544 to the ground. Limited stop; minimum fare! Flash bastard – should have been kicked out of the club.

Rob Halligan
14 Posted 07/02/2022 at 16:34:35
Jay # 10. I'm just glad to be able to understand a press conference. The last two incumbents have, for me anyway, sometimes been a bit difficult to understand.
Roger Helm
15 Posted 07/02/2022 at 19:13:12
Hamstring injuries I think take longer than that, and then he's got to get his strength and fitness back up.

I hope the new backroom staff can do something to minimise the plethora of soft tissue injuries that our players are forever getting.

Danny O’Neill
16 Posted 07/02/2022 at 19:19:51
Hamstring injuries are always tricky. Just when you think it's all okay, you can break down easily. The only more difficult one I found was trying to overcome a quad muscle injury. Similar but it just kept reoccurring every time I thought I was okay.

Delph 4 - 5 weeks? Hasn't it been (or felt like) 4 - 5 years?

Mark Ryan
17 Posted 07/02/2022 at 20:03:08
Couldn't care less if he arrived on a penny-farthing, dropped off by his Mum or in a Capri (my old car) to be honest. Who made the complaint or comment? Anyone know?
Dale Self
18 Posted 07/02/2022 at 20:16:06
That would be one Hoddle. Still a little bit angry, that guy.
Peter Carpenter
19 Posted 07/02/2022 at 20:39:04
Glenn Hoddle - the mullet, Diamond Lights - that's enough cultural crimes for one lifetime.
Mark Ryan
20 Posted 07/02/2022 at 20:56:12
What a prick. Jealousy gets you nowhere. Is he still seeing Eileen Drewery... lol!!
Mike Corcoran
21 Posted 07/02/2022 at 20:57:54
Christ, those mullets were all the rage at the match in 1984-85, along with 18” flares and a pair of Trabbs. I'll wear all 3 if we can get that sort of form back as well.

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