Chelsea are hopeful Ben Chilwell will return to action in around two weeks’ time after his ankle injury in the side’s 3-0 win over West Ham.
Chilwell landed awkwardly following a challenge with Jarrod Bowen in the ninth minute at Stamford Bridge and Emerson Palmieri came on to replace the England international for the remainder of the Premier League clash.
Frank Lampard admitted Chilwell was a doubt for the Blues’ upcoming trip to Arsenal and the club have been waiting for the scans to come back on his ankle.
Though there was no sign of any serious inury, the defender may have suffered minor damage to his ligaments, according to The Telegraph.
It comes as a blow to Chelsea and Lampard, given they look likely to be without the left-back for their trip to Arsenal on Boxing Day. as well as their home matches with Aston Villa and Manchester City in the Premier League.
Chelsea may have pencilled in their FA Cup tie with Morecambe on January 10 as a possible comeback date for the former Leicester City star.
The matches Ben Chilwell is set to miss
Arsenal vs. Chelsea – December 26 (Premier League)
Chelsea vs. Aston Villa – December 28 (Premier League)
Chelsea vs. Manchester City – January 3 (Premier League)
And while Chilwell’s setback will be a source of frustration for Lampard, the report claims there was a sense of ‘relief’ that the fullback’s injury was not as severe as some first feared, with Reece James also out with a knee issue.
An upbeat Chilwell said he was hopeful he had only suffered a minor injury in the wake of Chelsea’s victory over the Hammers.
‘Back to winning ways,’ the full-back posted on Instagram.
‘Hopefully injury is not so bad. @tammyabraham 🔥’
Chelsea welcomed back Callum Hudson-Odoi for their win over West Ham but the young England forward – who had been out with a thigh problem – was an unused substitute at Stamford Bridge.
Hakim Ziyech has been sidelined with a similar injury and there are hopes the Moroccan can play a part versus the Gunners this weekend.
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