Ben Chilwell looks likely to miss the World Cup after his hamstring ‘popped’ at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.
Chilwell pulled up just seconds before the end of the Champions League victory over Dinamo Zagreb.
As he was helped off the pitch by the Chelsea medical staff, he appeared to say to teammate Mason Mount: ‘It’s popped’.
The 25-year-old was later seen leaving Stamford Bridge on crutches and will undergo further tests to determine the extent of the injury.
With less than three weeks to go until he World Cup, it is terrible timing for the defender.
Blues boss Graham Potter told post-match press conference: “(It’s) not great. Obviously when he pulls up like that it’s a concern so we need to scan, but it doesn’t look positive at the moment.
“It’s a blow for us on an otherwise positive evening I think. It’s a blow to see him pull up like that, it’s not a great sight.
“So fingers crossed when we get the scan it isn’t bad, it can be not severe, but we have to have fingers crossed at the moment. But clearly we’re disappointed.”
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The Sun report that it is thought Chilwell may have torn his hamstring and will likely miss many months of Chelsea’s season, not just the World Cup.
It is another heartbreaking injury blow for the defender, who missed most of the 2021/22 season with a knee injury.
Jermaine Jenas joined talkSPORT Breakfast and spoke from his experience about injuries on the eve of the World Cup.
He faced a shin issue back in 2006 that threatened to keep him out of the tournament.
He told talkSPORT: “Hamstring injuries… three weeks you are looking at an absolute bonus if you can get back in that time, which looks like it will rule him out the tournament.
“It’s really unfortunate. When I had my injury, I had a stress fracture in my shin and if I kept playing it was going to be a complete fracture. I spoke with the medical staff with England and they said ‘Jermaine, you are probably going to be part of the World Cup squad and if you rest it during this period you will be back with time to go’.
“When the tournament is in the summer, you’ve got that buffer, but this is just real madness what the players are putting their bodies through at the minute.
“I just feel for all the players suffering with injuries and not going to make it.”