The Athletic’s Everton reporter Patrick Boyland has given an update on Yerry Mina and Ben Godfrey’s injuries following the pair’s premature exit from the pitch in Everton’s first Premier League game of the season against Chelsea last weekend.
As per Boyland’s report, Godfrey will be sidelined for three months following successful surgery on his fractured fibula.
It has also been confirmed by the club that Mina has suffered damage to his ankle ligaments, and will undergo further assessment with a specialist this week before a timeframe can be established.
There is no doubt that Frank Lampard will be extremely frustrated with the injury problems the team is already experiencing just one game week into the Premier League season, especially when they suffered such a huge injury crisis last season.
Everton had the worst injury record in the Premier League last term according to injury expert Ben Dinnery, which without a doubt played its part in the club’s relegation troubles with many key players sidelined on numerous occasions throughout the campaign.
The new season was seen as a fresh start for the Toffees who survived a drop into the Championship in their penultimate fixture of 2021/22, but with Dominic Calvert-Lewin injured, alongside Godfrey and Mina who now join the striker on the injury table at Finch Farm, the nightmares of the past are repeating themselves.
There is a silver lining though. Everton confirmed the season-long loan signing of Wolves captain and centre-back Conor Coady yesterday, as well as securing the free transfer of James Tarkowski earlier this summer.
Despite the two signings being an absolute blessing for the Merseysiders, Lampard will remain concerned about the depth in his team following the injuries to three key players for the team.
As a result, the Everton manager will be desperately hoping that Tarkowski and Coady can quickly establish a partnership at the back and crucially, remain fit over the coming weeks and months to give the team the best chance to pick up points in their pursuit of a more comfortable year.