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Chelsea fear Chilwell will miss rest of season with ACL damage

Chelsea are concerned that Ben Chilwell will be sidelined for the remainder of the season after damaging his anterior cruciate ligament in the 4-0 Champions League win over Juventus.

The England international, who has been in great shape in recent weeks after a disappointing summer at the European Championship that initially spread early in the season, was helped off the pitch at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night and there are fears now that they require surgery.

Chelsea are still awaiting the scan results and could wait until after Christmas to call for a potential operation, but if necessary, recovery can take up to nine months.

The 24-year-old has scored three goals and one assist in six Premier League games this season, forming an impressive wing-back tandem with Reece James.

“He was playing at such a high level in a fantastic time like Reece on the other side, they are in the best possible shape,” Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel said of Chilwell’s injury after the win against Juventus.

“So strong and full of confidence, so much quality. He was in a lot of pain, now he feels a little better. We have a review tomorrow to be a little more specific and we hope for the best, hope we get through our fingers crossed, not bad news.


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