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Chilwell injury leaves Chelsea and England worried

Chelsea defender Ben Chilwell was forced off the match against Dinamo Zagreb with an injury. | PHOTO: Courtesy |
  • Chelsea defeated Dinamo Zagreb in the UEFA Champions League 2-1 at Stamford Bridge
  • The win was however overshadowed by injury to Ben Chilwell who was helped out of the pitch by medics
  • Chelsea manager Graham Potter has given an update concerning Chilwell’s injury

Chelsea defender Ben Chilwell limped off against Dinamo Zagreb, leaving Graham Potter worried about his physical condition 19 days before England’s World Cup campaign kicks off.

After Raheem Sterling had erased Bruno Petkovic’s seventh-minute lead on Wednesday, Denis Zakaria scored the game-winning goal barely 30 minutes into his Chelsea debut.

Chilwell was taken off the Stamford Bridge pitch by the Blues medical staff after suffering a hamstring injury, but Chelsea congratulated one another after the game with subdued cheers.

The left- back’s injury, according to head coach Potter, “looks not great” and raises questions about the player’s readiness for both Chelsea and England national team.

 Ben Chilwell

Chelsea defender Ben Chilwell was helped off the pitch by medics after picking up a hamstring injury in the UEFA Champions League clash against Dinamo Zagreb. | PHOTO: Courtesy |

Chilwell was expected to be part of Gareth Southgate’s England squad in the 2022 FIFA World Cup set to kick off on November 18 in Qatar and the left-back was even included in the earlier released 55-man squad.

“Not great, he pulled up like that when he turned – not positive at the moment,” Potter said of Chilwell’s injury after the 2-1 Champions League win.

“It’s a blow for us after an otherwise positive game, to see him pull up like that is not a great sight.

“Fingers crossed when we get it scanned it isn’t as bad, it can be not as severe, but clearly we are disappointed.”\

Graham Potter post match interview

Chelsea manager Graham Potter speaking after his side’s victory over Dinamo Zagreb in the UEFA Champions League in which Ben Chilwell picked the hamstring injury. | PHOTO: BT Sport |

Potter became just the first Chelsea manager after Roberto Di Matteo to win his first five UEFA Champions League matches in charge of the London club, Di Matteo went on to won the competition in 2012 making Chelsea’s first ever Champions League triumph.

The Blues had already secured their slot in the knockout stages as Group E winners, but delivered a performance that matched Potter’s expectations in their final group game to go three points ahead of second placed Milan.

Speaking to BT Sport after the mathc, Potter said he was really pleased to get the win, and thought Denis Zakaria was really good, “he played with enthusiasm, he got forward and I’m really pleased with him. It was a great debut.”

“The worry would be if you’re not creating the chances. Our intent was good, our play was good and the quality was there from the players.

“We got a win, we got a performance. We’re a work in progress but we can be pleased with our Champions League performance.”

With his first appearance for the club, Zakaria became the 15th player to score for Chelsea in his UEFA Champions League debut, though he had to wait for his first match for the Blues after signing on loan from Juventus during the summer transfer window.

Potter’s Chelsea will next be in action on Sunday when they host London rivals Arsenal in a much anticipated Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge.

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