Injured Chilwell To Miss Qatar World Cup – Chelsea

Chelsea’s English defender Ben Chilwell reacts on the floor before being taken off injured during the UEFA Champions League Group E football match between Chelsea and Dinamo Zagreb at Stamford Bridge in London on November 2, 2022. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP)

 

Chelsea defender Ben Chilwell will miss England’s World Cup campaign after suffering a “significant” hamstring injury.

Chilwell limped off during Chelsea’s Champions League group stage victory against Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday.

The 25-year-old left-back went for scans on his injury and Chelsea confirmed on Saturday that he will not be fit in time for the World Cup, which starts in Qatar on November 20.

“Following the injury sustained in our recent game against Dinamo Zagreb, Ben has undergone a scan on his hamstring,” the Chelsea statement said.

“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.”

Chilwell has made 17 England appearances and was expected to compete with Luke Shaw for the starting left-back role in Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions team.

He was part of the England squad that finished as European Championship runners-up in 2021, although he did not make an appearance during the tournament.

Chilwell has returned to his best form this season after recovering from a ruptured cruciate ligament in November last year that ruled him out until May.

“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 playing for Chelsea ASAP. Thanks for the messages of support,” Chilwell wrote on Twitter.

Southgate is due to name England’s World Cup squad on Thursday, with their first group match coming against Iran on November 21.

Chilwell’s injury is the latest blow for both Chelsea and England, with Blues right-back Reece James facing a race against time to prove his fitness after suffering a knee injury.

Southgate also has injury concerns over Manchester City right-back Kyle Walker, who has had groin surgery, while City midfielder Kalvin Phillips has hardly played this season after dislocating his shoulder.

AFP

Abraham Apologizes For Flouting COVID-19 Protocols Alongside Sancho, Chilwell

File Photo: Abraham-Sancho-Chilwell

 

Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham has apologised after footage emerged of him attending a party with England teammates Ben Chilwell and Jadon Sancho in an apparent breach of national coronavirus rules.

The Sun newspaper published the video, which appears to show the three players at a gathering in London with more than six people present on Saturday.

It comes a month after Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood were sent home for breaching Covd-19 protocols while with Gareth Southgate’s England squad in Iceland.

The Sun reports that the FA has seen footage of the party and quotes a spokesman as saying: “There will be no change to the England team at this stage.”

The England squad is due to assemble this week ahead of a friendly against Wales on Thursday and Nations League matches against Belgium and Denmark.

Chelsea pair Abraham and Chilwell and Borussia Dortmund’s Sancho are all in the 30-man group.

It was reported the party was organised as a surprise gathering for Abraham’s 23rd birthday.

The forward has apologised, telling the newspaper: “I arrived home to find a small surprise gathering.

“Though I was totally unaware this was planned, I would like to wholeheartedly apologise for the naivety shown for the organisation and attending of this gathering.

“All I can do now is learn from it, apologise to everyone and ensure it never happens again.”

-AFP