Ben Chilwell said hamstring ‘popped’ as Chelsea star becomes latest World Cup injury doubt


    Chelsea's Ben Chilwell sustains an injury during the UEFA Champions League group E match between Chelsea FC and Dinamo Zagreb at Stamford Bridge on November 2, 2022 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Rob Newell - CameraSport via Getty Images)
    Ben Chilwell was helped off the pitch after suffering a hamstring injury in Chelsea’s final Champions League group game (Getty)

    Ben Chilwell has become the latest World Cup doubt after he suffered a hamstring injury during Chelsea’s final Champions League group game against Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday evening.

    The England left-back pulled up clutching his left hamstring in the closing stages of Chelsea’s 2-1 victory at Stamford Bridge and was forced to leave the pitch with the help of two of the club’s medical staff.

    As he left the pitch, television cameras caught Chilwell telling his Chelsea and England teammate Mason Mount that his hamstring had ‘popped’.

    When asked about the severity of Chilwell’s injury, Chelsea manager Graham Potter said: ‘It doesn’t look positive.

    ‘It’s a hamstring. We will have to scan it and see how it is.’

    Chilwell is now a major doubt to be fit for the start of England’s World Cup campaign, which begins with their first game in Group B against Iran on November 21.

    Ben Chilwell of Chelsea receives medical treatment during the UEFA Champions League group E match between Chelsea FC and Dinamo Zagreb at Stamford Bridge on November 02, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
    Ben Chilwell felt his hamstring go during the closing stages of Chelsea’s win over Dinamo Zagreb (Getty)

    Earlier on Wednesday evening, Tottenham confirmed that Heung-Min Son will undergo surgery on a fracture around his eye, putting his hopes of making the World Cup with South Korea in jeopardy.

    Liverpool’s Diogo Jota has already been ruled out of Portugal’s World Cup campaign with a calf injury, while Manchester United defender Raphael Varane is also attempting to overcome a hamstring injury in order to make France’s squad. The World Cup holders are already without Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante.

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