Chelsea's Ben Chilwell speaks out on "frustrating" injury as long-term return date set

Chelsea’s wingbacks pairing of Reece James and Ben Chilwell have been central to the Blues’ success this season, but they will be without the latter for potentially months which may dent their title hopes

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Chelsea defender Ben Chilwell has spoken out about his disappointment of being sidelined with injury after it was revealed he had suffered a partial tear to his anterior cruciate ligament.

The Blues have enjoyed an immense start to the season and have a three-point lead at the top of the Premier League table.

Thomas Tuchel’s 3-4-3 system has brought out the best in some of the Chelsea stars, especially Chilwell.

The Englishman has made six appearances for the Stamford Bridge outfit this season, scoring three and assisting one.

However, the former Leicester City star hobbled off of the pitch in the 71st minute on Tuesday during Chelsea’s 4-0 thumping of Juventus in the Champions League with an injury that could see him out for a matter of months rather than weeks.

Chelsea will be without Ben Chilwell for the foreseeable future


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Chilwell wrote on Twitter : “Very frustrating picking up an injury in a moment like this when I am really enjoying my football and playing in this team.

“I will do everything I can to get back on the pitch as soon as possible. Thank you for all the messages of support.”

It has been suggested that the England international will be out for approximately six weeks, though it is hard to place an accurate time frame on this type of injury.

A tear to the anterior cruciate ligament can sometimes require surgery depending on its severity and how the injury is healing, and Tuchel has confirmed that the club are going to monitor Chilwell and hope that it will not be required.

Speaking on Friday, the former PSG boss said: “Ben is out, he has a partial tear of his ACL and the decision is to treat it conservatively,

“The next six weeks will tell the story if he makes it and be available or if he will need surgery.”

Chilwell, who arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2020 for £45million, has made the left-wing back role his own since Tuchel has arrived, despite it being Marcos Alonso’s more natural position.

“There is never a good moment for big injuries or injuries in general,” said the German.

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Chelsea’s Ben Chilwell was helped off the pitch after sustaining an injury against Juventus


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“This personally is a very bad moment because he was so involved and full of confidence. He was so important in our victories.

“We are very sad but he at the moment is very positive because his body has reacted positively to the first treatments and the injury.”

Over the past few weeks, injuries could have easily derailed the Blues’ title hopes.

Chelsea have been without Romelu Lukaku recently


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They have been without strikers Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner, and a whole host of players have also been unavailable at times too.

This weekend sees £98m-signing Lukaku return to the Premier League having been named a substitute against Juve, but there is a chance that makeshift forward Kai Havertz may be unavailable.

The German was ruled out of the Champions League tie earlier this week with a tight hamstring, with N’Golo Kante also picking up a knock during the match which could see him unavailable for the clash with Manchester United on Sunday.

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