Chelsea defender Ben Chilwell could miss the rest of the season after picking up a cruciate ligament injury on Tuesday. 

Chilwell was withdrawn in the second half during Chelsea’s 4-0 victory over Juventus in the Champions League. The left-back has been in fine form for the Blues and now there are fears he could miss the remainder of the season as he is likely to undergo surgery.

“He was playing on such a high level in a fantastic moment like Reece on the other side, they are in the best shape they could possibly be,” Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel said of Chilwell’s injury after the win over Juventus.

“So strong and full of confidence, such a lot of quality. He was in a lot of pain, now he feels a bit better. We have an examination tomorrow to be a bit more precise and we hope for the best, hopefully, we get away with fingers crossed, not bad news.”

The Blues are still awaiting scan results and could wait until after Christman to make a call on a potential operation. Should the England international undergo surgery, it would require him at least up to nine months to recover.

The 24-year-old has netted three goals while providing one assist in six Premier League games this season.


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