Everton incident analysed by medical expert amid 'strange' Godfrey news

By Ben Dinnery

28th Apr, 2022 | 4:00pm

Medical expert reveals Ben Godfrey return date after 'strange' Everton incident

Ben Godfrey could be out of action for as long as three weeks after he became the latest Everton star to break down in a pre-game warm-up.

That is the view of injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.

Godfrey, 24, pulled out with a thigh injury and was replaced by Michael Keane 15 minutes ahead of kick-off for Everton’s 2-0 defeat to Liverpool.

Frank Lampard chalked the incident up to “bad luck” but would not be drawn on how long the centre-back might be out, per the Liverpool Echo.

Dinnery highlighted that the same fate befell Donny van de Beek ahead of the Toffees’ clash with West Ham earlier this month.

“It’s strange,” he told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams.

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“This is the second similar type of injury that Everton have suffered when players have been warming up in the last few weeks.

“We saw it With Van de Beek and Lampard has indicated it is something along those lines.

“If it is that fairly minor sort of strain we could be looking at 10, 14 maybe 21 days.

“That’s what it looks like but he will be sent for imaging to confirm the extent of the problem.”

Godfrey has featured 27 times for Everton this term.

Frank Lampard’s side have eight players who have been ruled out or are doubts for the game against Chelsea on Sunday (1 May).

In other news, Everton star Dominic Calvert-Lewin tells friends he wants to join Arsenal.