Everton have been without Ben Godfrey since he sustained a shocking leg break during the Premier League opener against Chelsea, and now the player has given a behind-the-scenes update on his recovery at Finch Farm.
The Toffees defender has claimed he will be out for a “couple of months” but is “improving” following his concerning injury.
Godfrey revealed, via Everton FC:
“Things are going well in terms of the injury. Every day I’m improving and I’m just looking forward to being back.
“When will I be back? I’m playing it by ear. It’ll be a couple of months but I’m just taking each day at a time and when it’s right, it’ll be right.”
There is no doubt that Frank Lampard should be pleased that the recovery seems to be going well for Godfrey following the nasty injury as the Everton centre-back has been one of the most consistent performers in the side when he is fit to play.
The 24-year-old talent ranked in the top 10% of his positional peers in the top five European leagues over the last 12 months for his shot-creating actions and progressive passes received, as well as featuring in the top 20% for key defensive metrics such as pressures, tackles and blocks.
In fact, Godfrey featured in nine of the 17 games that the Toffees picked up points in over last season so his positive influence in the side should not be taken for granted, and his talents didn’t go unnoticed by his former boss Carlo Ancelotti who lavished praise on the defender when managing him last year.
The Real Madrid boss claimed: “He’s powerful, he has a lot of energy, tactically intelligent, really aggressive in the duels and so he can play in different positions and this is really important,”
“It was a surprise for me because I knew him, but not a lot and I found a really fantastic defender because he has all the quality that a defender needs.”
Lampard shouldn’t have too much to worry about though if Conor Coady and James Tarkowski can stay fit over the defender’s absence in the team with the pair already building a great centre-back partnership in the Everton backline.
The newly-signed centre-backs have played a part in the side successfully going unbeaten in their last four Premier League games, holding Liverpool, Leeds United, Brentford and Nottingham Forest to draws.
With that being said, it will be a huge boost for Lampard when Godfrey does eventually return to fitness. It should give the Everton boss enough quality in his defensive options to inspire more positive results at Goodison Park. Just imagine what he could do alongside his fellow countrymen in Tarkowski and Coady.