Chelsea star Chilwell seen on crutches with World Cup dream in tatters
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Chelsea left-back Ben Chilwell is now a doubt for the Qatar World Cup after he was seen hobbling out of Stamford Bridge on crutches on Tuesday night. The England defender sustained a hamstring injury against Dinamo Zagreb.
The Blues secured the top spot in Group E on the night, coming from behind to secure a 2-1 win over Zagreb. The Croatian outfit took the lead after seven minutes through Bruno Petkovic before Raheem Sterling levelled the tie 11 minutes later. Denis Zakaria then marked his debut with a goal after 30 minutes, which turned out to be the winner.
But the gloss was taken off of the victory in the 94th minute when Chilwell dropped to the ground clutching his hamstring. The former Leicester City star required medical assistance before having to be helped off of the pitch.
Footage then showed the 25-year-old leaving the ground on crutches, visibly in pain with every step that he took. Chilwell is now, obviously, a doubt for the World Cup, and Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate must weigh up his other left-back options.
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Along with Manchester United’s Luke Shaw, Chilwell looked nailed on to travel to Qatar. The 17-time capped international has scored one and assisted another for Chelsea so far this season, with his performances down the left leading many to question why the club forked out £62million to secure the signature of Marc Cucurella of Brighton over the summer.
With less than three weeks until England’s opener against Iran, Blues boss Graham Potter was asked whether he would deem Chilwell a doubt for the World Cup, to which he replied: “I think you would have to say so, yeah.
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“Obviously I don’t want to add any more than that but when a player pulls up like he did and he felt it so it’s never positive. I spoke to him briefly. He felt something as he was setting off so he’s disappointed and he’s upset. It’s not positive at the moment.
“It’s a blow to see him pull up like that. It’s not a great sight so fingers crossed when we get it scanned it isn’t as bad.”
It remains to be seen the extent of Chilwell’s injury and how long he is expected to be sidelined, with fellow international and club teammate Reece James also potentially set to miss out on a spot on the plane as well with a knee injury sustained last month.
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