Ben Chilwell to undergo scan on Friday as Chelsea and England await confirmation on extent of hamstring injury ahead of World Cup – but Graham Potter admits: ‘I can’t say it looks positive’

    Chelsea and England defender Ben Chilwell will undergo a scan on a hamstring injury on Friday afternoon.

    The left-back is expected to miss the 2022 World Cup after pulling up in the last minute of Chelsea’s 2-1 victory over Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday night.

    The full extent of Chilwell’s injury is yet to be confirmed

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    The full extent of Chilwell’s injury is yet to be confirmed

    Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate will name his final 26-man squad on November 10, in six days, and the tournament begins on November 20.

    Besides Qatar 2022, there are fears Chilwell could miss a sizeable chunk of the season for Chelsea due to the injury.

    However, Blues boss Graham Potter insists the club will not know the full extent of the problem until a scan has been completed.

    “We need to let the swelling settle down hence the delay on the scan,” Potter said ahead of Sunday’s London derby against Arsenal in the Premier League.

    “We’ll know more tomorrow. I wouldn’t say I fear the worst, but we all saw the nature of the injury and I can’t say it looks positive.”

    Chilwell was seen telling Chelsea teammate Mason Mount, ‘It’s popped’, after the incident and left Stamford Bridge on crutches.

    Chilwell had only just re-established himself in the Chelsea team

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    Chilwell had only just re-established himself in the Chelsea team

    Hamstring tears, even the least severe, require four weeks of recovery minimum, hence why Chilwell is expected to miss the World Cup.

    England are also sweating on the fitness of Chelsea right-back Reece James, as well as Manchester City duo Kyle Walker and Kalvin Phillips.

    Potter also revealed goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga will not play for the Blues again before Qatar 2022 begins.

    The Spaniard had recently regained his place in the starting XI and played a starring role before an untimely foot injury.

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