Everton defender Godfrey taken to hospital after suffering a lower leg injury in Chelsea clash

Everton have confirmed that Ben Godfrey has been taken to hospital after the defender suffered a serious lower leg injury.

Godfrey was injured in the 10th minute of Saturday’s Premier League match at Goodison Park after an injury took Everton’s fortunes.

Jordan Pickford attempted to put the ball in play as a result of the defender’s poor backpass, and even though the England goalkeeper failed to do so, it was clearly not noticed by the officials.

Play continued and, in an attempt to correct his mistake, Godfrey made a clean challenge on Kai Havertz, but immediately signaled the touchline and was clearly in some trouble as he grabbed his right leg.

After receiving eight minutes of treatment, the 24-year-old was carried on a stretcher, with Mason Holgate taking his place.

Chelsea took the lead in stoppage time caused by an injury to Godfrey, with Jorginho scoring from the penalty spot after an Abdoulaye Doucoure foul on Ben Chilwell.

At half-time, Everton confirmed Godfrey, who needed oxygen when he was taken off the field, had been taken to hospital.

Frank Lampard was already without a recognized striker for Everton’s season opener, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin missing nearly six weeks in training with a knee injury.