Premier League told to CANCEL final round of fixtures before World Cup as talkSPORT host warns Ben Chilwell’s hopes of playing for England in Qatar are in jeopardy following a hamstring injury leggings


The Premier League have been told to CANCEL the final round of fixtures before the start of the World Cup.

With less than three weeks to go before the tournament begins, an increasing number of players are suffering injuries that could end their hopes of representing their respective nations.

Ben Chilwell seems to be one of those players to miss
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The latest name is England left-back Ben Chilwell, who suffered a hamstring injury towards the end of Chelsea’s victory over Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League.

Blues boss Graham Potter didn’t give too much away about Chilwell’s injury but admitted it didn’t look positive.

However, talkSPORT hosts Jamie O’Hara and Jason Cundy believe Chiwell’s World Cup hopes are over.

“It’s a hint of a hamstring stretch, but we know as ex-footballers when you’re pulling a ham,” O’Hara said on The Sports Bar.

“It’s like someone sticking a knife in the back of your leg, it’s horrible. It’s a stabbing pain and you know it instantly.

“You could see his face, it went white instantly. You know he’s finished. It’s a six-week injury, four to six weeks, so it kills his World Cup hopes.

Premier League told to CANCEL final round of fixtures before World Cup as talkSPORT host warns Ben Chilwell's hopes of playing for England in Qatar are in jeopardy following a hamstring injury leggings
It’s the last thing an England fan wants to see
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Chilwell joins a growing list of England players who could miss the World Cup, with Chelsea team-mate Reece James as well as Manchester City duo Kyle Walker and Kalvin Phillips facing a race to get fit.

Other nations are also feeling the pinch, with Liverpool and Portugal striker Diogo Jota out, while Tottenham and South Korea star Heung-min Son could be out with a fracture around his left eye. .

“You lost Reece James, you lost Ben Chilwell, but for England it’s a serious problem. Players are dropping like flies,” O’Hara added.

“We keep talking about how many fixtures they have to have before the World Cup starts, and big games too.

Premier League told to CANCEL final round of fixtures before World Cup as talkSPORT host warns Ben Chilwell's hopes of playing for England in Qatar are in jeopardy following a hamstring injury leggings
Match congestion in European leagues affects Southgate and other national team managers
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“This game tonight, the last group game of the Champions League, should be played around the second week of December. The big players had to play in those games to get the club through.

Cundy argued that injuries just before the start of the World Cup were unavoidable due to the fact that it happens in the middle of a season and there was no alternative but to group the fixtures .

But O’Hara believes drastic action is needed from the Premier League.

“Cancel the last round of Premier League games, give them some breathing room,” O’Hara said.

Premier League told to CANCEL final round of fixtures before World Cup as talkSPORT host warns Ben Chilwell's hopes of playing for England in Qatar are in jeopardy following a hamstring injury leggings
The Premier League season will come to a halt after fixtures over the weekend of November 12/13 before the World Cup kicks off on November 20
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“The Premier League should do it, or the players should get involved.

“That’s the Premier League’s problem. It’s all about the money, it’s all about the income. The players are not protected.

“It’s as simple as that. There are too many games and too many injuries and England are going to suffer.

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