England defender Ben Chilwell has broken his silence after Chelsea confirmed he would miss the World Cup through injury on Saturday. Chilwell is now out of contention for Gareth Southgate’s squad after suffering a ‘significant’ hamstring injury against Dinamo Zagreb earlier this week.
The 25-year-old picked up a worrying injury in the latter stages of Chelsea’s 2-0 win in the Champions League, with many speculating he had succumbed to a torn hamstring. And on Saturday, the Blues confirmed Chilwell and England’s worst fears by ruling him out of the showcase in Qatar.
It read: “Following the injury sustained in our recent game against Dinamo Zagreb, Ben has undergone a scan on his hamstring. Results show that Ben has suffered a significant injury, and the defender is unfortunately expected to miss the World Cup. Ben will now begin a rehabilitation programme with the club’s medical department.”
Later in the afternoon, Chilwell took to social media to release his own statement to follow up on the news, affirming he couldn’t fulfil his ‘dream’ of playing in the tournament. However, he explained his determination to overcome his latest injury setback and return to action for Chelsea as soon as possible.
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He wrote: “Following my ACL injury, I worked so hard to make sure I was ready for the World Cup. It has always been a dream of mine. Unfortunately, this won’t be possible following my scan results. I’ll do all I can to get back to playing for Chelsea ASAP. Thanks for the messages of support.”
Chilwell has endured bad luck with injuries since joining Chelsea from Leicester City in a £50million deal in 2020. He had only returned from an ACL injury that kept him out for six months in May, but he now faces another period on the sidelines and will have to watch England from afar.
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The left-back has earned 17 international caps, scoring one goal, and was part of England’s camp for last summer’s run to the Euro 2020 final, although he didn’t feature once. Southgate will name his Three Lions squad on Thursday and is set to call upon Luke Shaw as his first choice for the second successive tournament.
It remains to be seen whether Tottenham Hotspur’s Ryan Sessegnon or Leicester City’s James Justin will receive a surprise call-up in Chilwell’s absence. But Kieran Trippier could be utilised as cover if Shaw joins the Chelsea star on the shelf.
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