Chelsea vice-captain Ben Chilwell will be out for at least 2 months with a hamstring injury, according to multiple reports
The defender picked up the problem during the 1-0 win over Brighton last month, despite playing the full 90 minutes. It’s a third successive season where Chilwell will be sidelined for an extended period due to injury and fans on X have debating what to do with the player:
This is now getting out of hand 🤚🏽
— Splitwoves (@CfcSplitwoves) October 3, 2023
Time to sell now
— LS💧 (@CFC_LS_) October 3, 2023
To be honest, I’ll sell him if a good offers comes in. We can’t afford to have both first choice fullbacks injured almost every time.
— Honourable- In Tech (@yomi_mabayoje) October 3, 2023
Very very unfortunate
— Malich (@privyed) October 3, 2023
That's bad news
— thementationcraft (@mentationcraft) October 3, 2023
His injury record is very bad man
— Wesley Fofana(parody) (@CFC__Fofana) October 3, 2023
it is not about luck, Chilwell is Injury Prone..
— Chelsea Zone (@EzzWith) October 3, 2023
Chilwell’s fitness record for Chelsea isn’t great
In some ways, it is fortunate that manager Mauricio Pochettino has plenty of left-back options at his disposal, with Levi Colwill, Marc Cucurella and Ian Maatsen all able to play there. However, he would certainly prefer to have Chilwell available and ready to play.
Another fullback is closing in on a return to fitness
While Chilwell may be out until December, captain Reece James is expected to be back in contention to play very soon. It is believed that the Burnley game this weekend may come too soon for the 23-year-old, but he should be raring to go when the Blues take on Arsenal after the international break.
Pochettino will be delighted to have James among his options heading into a difficult run of fixtures between now and Christmas.