Ben Chilwell’s injury is expected to be officially announced by Chelsea over the weekend, according to Graham Potter.
In Chelsea’s 2-1 victory over Dinamo Zagreb in their final Champions League group game on Wednesday, the English left-back was hurt in stoppage time.
Chilwell missed the start of the Blues’ 4-1 thrashing at Brighton last weekend because the team was trying to manage his workload as he recovered from an anterior cruciate ligament injury. Chilwell was later seen leaving the field on crutches.
The 25-year-chances old’s of making Gareth Southgate’s World Cup team could be harmed by this most recent setback, Potter acknowledged, but he maintains that it is too early to rule the player out completely. England will play Iran in Qatar on November 21 in their tournament opener.
Potter stated that he will undergo a scan later this afternoon so that we can learn how he is doing. An update will be provided the following day, ahead of Sunday’s London derby match against Arsenal.
Although he is aware of the injury, he feels fine. Thus, the scan has been postponed while we wait for the swelling to subside. Afterward, we’ll know.
Until we receive a diagnosis, we are currently optimistic that he is fine. When that happens, our goal is to get him strong or fit again.
A foot injury to goalkeeper Kepa makes it unlikely that he will play again before the World Cup, but Potter did confirm that Mateo Kovacic, who missed the midweek Champions League win, was in the running to play against Arsenal on Sunday.
Potter has warned his team that if Chelsea doesn’t match the intensity of the league leaders, they will be made to suffer. Chelsea is playing behind its local rivals going into the game.
A challenge will present itself for us if we don’t match the intensity in any game, it was said.