By Dr Rajpal Brar

22nd May, 2023 | 7:10am

We’re delighted to welcome injury expert Dr Rajpal Brar as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the injury situation at Everton...

Ben Godfrey may be ruled out for Everton v Bournemouth with an adductor issue or even a sports hernia injury, claims Dr Rajpal Brar.

The injury expert admits that there is not enough clarity about what the issue is and his recovery will be on how serious the issue is, to begin with.

Sean Dyche said at the start of May that it’s a groin issue which will take some time to recover and he has not played throughout the final month of the season.

Speaking exclusively with Goodison News, Brar, a specialist in Physical Therapy and Sports Scientist, said, “Not much definitive information here so it’s quite hard to discern but he will not play [v Bournemouth].

“It could be an adductor issue, could be a sports hernia issue potentially.

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“In each case, the recovery would depend on the severity of the problem.”

The 25-year-old has been an important utility player for the Toffees since he moved to Goodison Park in the summer of 2019 for £25million [The Athletic] despite a few “awful” displays.

He has played at right-back, left-back as well as centre-back and was also used further up the pitch by Carlo Ancelotti.

His last game was in the 4-1 loss against Newcastle towards the end of April and it seems like that’s going to be the last time he plays for Everton this season.