Ben Chilwell’s World Cup dream could be OVER after Chelsea star pulled up with a hamstring injury in last minute of dead rubber win over Dinamo Zagreb, as boss Graham Potter admits: ‘When a player pulls up like he did it’s never positive'
- 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
In the cruellest of fashions, Ben Chilwell’s World Cup dreams were left hanging by a thread.
In stoppage time of this Champions League dead rubber against Dinamo Zagreb and as he made what would have been one of his final sprints of an impressive display, Chilwell chased a ball out to the sideline and pulled up sharply holding his left hamstring.
With the World Cup around the corner it was the sort of incident players up and down the country are now fearing.
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 held his hamstring after suffering the injury during the game at Stamford Bridge
And, perhaps with that understanding of what he might now miss in mind, club and country teammate Mason Mount was one of the first over to check on Chilwell.
The final whistle blew shortly after and Chilwell needed the help of two members of Chelsea staff to get across the pitch and as he went down the tunnel, only able to put weight on one leg.
It was hard not to fear for Chilwell, a player who missed six months with a serious knee injury and spoke in pre-season about how he had ‘dreamed of playing in a World Cup literally since I can remember.’
His prospects of going will now be dependent on the results of his scans. He will be hoping for the best but likely fearing the worst.
So too will Gareth Southgate ahead of England’s World Cup opener against Iran on November 21.
He names his final 26-man squad next Thursday, had Chilwell in his final pre-tournament squad and is already dealing with fitness worries ahead of Qatar over another Chelsea star Reece James plus Manchester City duo Kyle Walker and Kalvin Phillips.
The news regarding Chilwell will be of concern to England manager Gareth Southgate
‘I think you would have to say so, yeah,’ Potter said if the World Cup is now a concern for Chilwell.
‘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 can be not as severe but we have to keep fingers crossed at the moment but clearly we’re disappointed.’
Potter named a surprisingly strong side to face Dinamo with Chelsea already through but Chilwell, whose workload since his knee injury has been carefully managed, was one player who was in need of some game time.
Potter added: ‘Because he didn’t play at the weekend, there was a thought he could play tonight and have enough time to recover for the weekend.
‘So we’ve tried to manage him, he’s never played the three games in a week. He’s had to have the build up which has been good for him, which is what makes it so frustrating. It’s a blow for us and a blow for him.’
Chilwell has been capped by England on 17 occasions since making his debut in 2018
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