By Daniel Feliciano

25th Nov, 2022 | 1:10pm

Frank Lampard will be delighted as Ben Godfrey makes return to action for Everton Under-21's vs Birmingham City

Everton were handed a rare defensive boost as the club announced that Ben Godfrey was lining up for the Under-21’s against Birmingham on Friday.

Godfrey suffered a horror injury when he broke his leg in the opening day of the season defeat to Chelsea and hasn’t featured for the first-team since.

But his return to action now seems imminent for the first-team as he lined up for the academy side from the start, having missed out on a place on the tour of Australia with Frank Lampard and the rest of the senior players.

Lampard has had a tough time with defensive injuries since taking over at Goodison Park back in January.

Yerry Mina has barely been able to feature after picking up fitness problem after fitness problem, while Mason Holgate has had muscular issues and Michael Keane is entirely out of favour.

The Colombian defender suffered another problem during the tour in Australia and is likely to miss the next few weeks at least once more, meaning James Tarkowski and Conor Coady are short on cover once more.

So the timing of Godfrey’s return is exceptional for Lampard, who needs to find something fresh to be able to get his side performing again.

A decent start has been interrupted and the Toffees are now just one point above the relegation zone as we prepare to enter the second half of the season.

Lampard could potentially look to return to a three-centre-back system to bolster the defence, and Godfrey’s athleticism would certainly make him a prime contender to slot in alongside the English duo.

It’s about time there was some good news relating to injury news for Everton, and Lampard will be delighted by it.

Godfrey can use this time to get some minutes in the tank and get up to match sharpness now so he can slot straight back into the side once the season resumes.