Chelsea defender Ben Chilwell limps off amid fears he could miss England’s World Cup campaign 


Chelsea defender Ben Chilwell limps off in closing stages of Champions League win against Dinamo Zagreb amid fears that left-back could miss England’s World Cup campaign

  • Ben Chilwell suffered an injury during the closing stages against Dinamo Zagreb
  • There are fears that the defender could miss England’s World Cup campaign 
  • Chelsea defender hobbled off at Stamford Bridge while holding his hamstring 

Ben Chilwell hobbled off during Chelsea’s Champions League game against Dinamo Zagreb, sparking fears that he could miss the World Cup.

The left-back pulled up holding his hamstring during the closing stages of the clash at Stamford Bridge.

With the World Cup starting in just 18 days there are concerns Chilwell could miss England’s World Cup campaign. 

Chelsea defender Ben Chilwell suffered a hamstring injury late on against Dinamo Zagreb

Chilwell looked in agony amid concerns that he could miss England's World Cup campaign

Chilwell looked in agony amid concerns that he could miss England’s World Cup campaign

Chilwell held his hamstring after suffering the injury during the game at Stamford Bridge

Chilwell held his hamstring after suffering the injury during the game at Stamford Bridge

Speaking on BT Sport, pundit Joe Cole expressed sympathy for Chilwell.

Cole said: ‘Yeah horrible sight for Ben I feel his pain. I had problems at the back end of my career and it is heartbreaking. As soon as it happens it’s a shooting pain this close to the World Cup the best you can hope for is two or three weeks before you can get back on the grass and with a World Cup selection it’s really tough. 

‘I really feel for him, again in a game where Chelsea were just seeing it out he played a strong team. Overall a win three points, a win top of the group for the club, but you do feel for Ben.’

The news regarding Chilwell will be of concern to England manager Gareth Southgate

The news regarding Chilwell will be of concern to England manager Gareth Southgate

Glenn Hoddle added that he is ‘gutted’ for Chilwell.

He said: ‘Normally sometimes with a hamstring you get a warning sign, it goes into a little contraction and that’s when you put your hand up but that one there just went didn’t it? His face went, you could see he just turns the ball over on the outside, as he touches the ball he grimaces he’s in real pain. 

‘That looks like a nasty one, I don’t understand how they haven’t carried him off because any weight-bearing and he’s got the other leg.

‘But at the end of the day that’s such a blow for Chilwell, he’s had such a bad bad knee injury and he’s probably when you think about it rehabbing in a way, i know he’s back playing, but you normally get a compensation on the other side of your body when you come back after a long injury, but it’s such a blow. gutted for him.’

Chilwell, who has been capped by England on 17 occasions, was widely expected to be included in Gareth Southgate’s squad for Qatar. 

He was part of England’s squad at Euro 2020 but didn’t play a single minute during the tournament. 

Chilwell suffered a ruptured cruciate ligament in November 2021 that ruled him out until May. 

England boss Gareth Southgate is set to name his squad for the World Cup on November 14, with the tournament getting underway on November 20.

Chelsea defender Reece James is also a doubt for the tournament in Qatar because of a knee injury.  

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