Digne hit by bottle thrown from crowd on return to Everton

Aston Villa's Lucas Digne controls the ball during the English Premier League soccer match between Everton and Aston Villa at the Goodison Park stadium, in Liverpool, England, Saturday Jan. 22, 2022. (Jon Super/AP)

LIVERPOOL, England — Lucas Digne fell to the ground and clutched his head after appearing to be hit by a bottle thrown from the crowd, seconds after setting up a goal for Aston Villa on his return to former club Everton in the Premier League on Saturday.

The Frenchman eventually got to his feet and played on for the final moments of the first half at Goodison Park and was seen coming out for the second half of Villa’s 1-0 victory over Everton.

Digne sent in the corner that was glanced into the far corner by Emi Buendia to put Aston Villa ahead in stoppage time. The left back and his Villa teammates celebrated in front of a section of Everton fans.

Digne completed a move to Villa from Everton last week after falling out with manager Rafa Benitez, who has since been fired. This was his second game for Villa.

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