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Daniel Farke on positive Godfrey news and Byram debut

16 July 2019

Daniel Farke revealed positive news in relation to the fitness of Ben Godfrey on Tuesday evening.

Godfrey picked up a knock in the pre-season draw with Arminia Bielefeld on Sunday and left the Energieversum Stadion in Gütersloh on crutches.

But Farke revealed the City centre-back has not broken any bones or damaged ligaments.

“We are pretty relieved [Ben Godfrey],” he said. “There is no fracture, no injury to the ligament. I was just an unbelievably painful knock at his ankle. It was swollen and has been on crutches for two days.

“But today, he was already able to walk a bit and we hope to have him back pretty, pretty soon. It’s a big relief and I’m pretty delighted to be honest.”

City beat Bonner SC 4-1 in a behind-closed-doors friendly on Tuesday evening, with a host of players unavailable. But Farke said that none are big injury concerns.

In terms of the match, it was a chance for Farke to catch a glimpse of new signing Sam Byram in action. The right-back joined City on Tuesday morning from West Ham and played 45 minutes in the friendly win.

“Sam was alright. It’s pretty difficult because it was pretty busy for him over the last couple of days. He had a long travel yesterday, he trained also this morning.

“We got the feeling it was for the best, although he doesn’t have all the information about our game, to throw him into the mix.

“He was there with some really good scenes, especially in the offence. He had a brilliant assist for one goal but one or two scenes in the defence that we have to work on a bit but it’s good that he was able to join us this quick. It will help him to settle in here.”


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