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Chelsea’s worst fears realised as results of Ben Chilwell scan confirm long lay-off

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Chelsea will be without Ben Chilwell until at least the end of this year as he waits to discover whether he has sustained season-ending anterior cruciate ligament damage. Chilwell limped off during his side’s 4-0 Champions League victory over Juventus on Tuesday night.

According to The Telegraph, Chilwell underwent a scan on Wednesday but club chiefs now want him to rest in an attempt to allow the injury time to start to heal on its own.

The 24-year-old has become a crucial member of Thomas Tuchel’s side and the German manager doesn’t want to rush into sanctioning an operation if Chilwell can recover without needing one.

Chilwell will be given a second scan, which is likely to take place in the New Year, and will probably miss the rest of the season if he does need to go under the knife.

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The news will come as a major blow to Chelsea, with Chilwell enjoying a purple patch of form in recent weeks.

The left wing-back has scored three goals and contributed an assist during his last six Premier League games.

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Chilwell was named on the bench for Chelsea’s first seven games of the season as Tuchel opted to select Marcos Alonso on the left flank.

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The former Leicester man had returned from Euro 2020 bitterly disappointed after failing to make it onto the pitch during England’s run to the final.

But Chilwell soon forced his way into the Blues team and was going from strength-to-strength before Tuesday’s catastrophe.

Tuchel will likely turn to Alonso once again in the coming weeks, before deciding whether to enter the transfer market in January to look for further back-up if Chilwell is ruled out until next summer.

“It worries me because he was in such a fantastic moment like Reece [James] on the other side,” Tuchel admitted when quizzed about Chilwell in the aftermath of Tuesday’s victory.

“They were in the best shape they could possibly be – so strong, full of confidence and such a lot of quality.”

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