Ben Chilwell will miss the 2022 World Cup after sustaining a significant injury in Chelsea’s win over Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday.
Chilwell stopped chasing the ball with a hamstring problem in stoppage time of the win over Dinamo Zagreb.
Earlier on Saturday, a Chelsea statement said: “Following the injury he sustained in our recent match against Dinamo Zagreb, Ben has had a hamstring scan.
“The results show that Ben has suffered a serious injury and that the defender will unfortunately miss the World Cup.
“Ben is now starting a rehabilitation program with the club’s medical department.”
The England defender, who has been unlucky with injuries in the past, did get to his feet and played the final seconds of the game, but had to be carried to the tunnel at the whistle and left the stadium on crutches.
Ben Chilwell’s hopes of playing for England in the World Cup appear to be in serious doubt after the defender suffered a hamstring injury while playing for Chelsea in the Champions League. Southgate to name the selection on Thursday
Gareth Southgate will designate his England squad for the World Cup in Qatar on Thursday, before starting their campaign against Iran on November 21.
Chilwell came to 17 caps with seniors and scored once.
He was part of the squad that reached the European Championship final in 2021, but did not play in any matches during the tournament.
‘Heartbreaking for Chilwell and disturbing for Southgate’
Image: Chelsea defender Ben Chilwell is helped off the field after a hamstring injury in Chelsea’s Champions League win over Dinamo Zagreb.
Sky Sports News reporter Rob Dorsett:
“First of all, this is heartbreaking for Chilwell himself. Remember, he didn’t play a single minute of football for England at the European Championship, mainly because he had to put himself in isolation after talking to club-mate Billy Gilmour in the Wembley tunnel after the draw with Scotland.
“But it’s also very worrying for Southgate, who has seen his options as a fullback diminish with injuries to Reece James, Kyle Walker and Kyle Walker-Peters.
“It means Luke Shaw and Kieran Trippier will be even more powerful in the roster of 26, and Chilwell’s woes will be matched by the optimism of Trent Alexander-Arnold, with the Liverpool man – the subject of much discussion about selection – now much more likely to be listed as a specialist fullback, even though he operates on the opposite wing.
“In fact, those three – Shaw, Trippier and Alexander-Arnold – are currently the only fully suitable options for Southgate from his regular back list.
“He will want to take at least one more wide defender, you suspect, even if Walker can be fit enough to be included in the World Cup roster. (I hear positive things from people around Walker during his rehab).
“The key question is whether Southgate prefers versatility to specialist full-backs.
The leading ‘specialist’ left-back candidates are Tyrick Mitchell and Ryan Sessegnon – who play regularly for Palace and Spurs respectively.
“Although Leicester’s James Justin will both push hard for a place, with the added bonus of being equally comfortable on either flank.
“When it comes to versatility, Southgate already has options within most of his team.
“While it is now clear that Bukayo Saka is best used in a wide attacking position, he can and has played left-back for club and country. Although it should be noted that when he was picked in a back four against Italy, he looked uncomfortable out.
“Again, in terms of versatility, Crystal Palace’s Marc Guehi scores heavily. He has also played left-back throughout his career and Chilwell’s absence may well increase his chances of a spot on the plane to Qatar.
“In the same way, Ben White has been playing as right-back for Arsenal for much of this season, so he provides good cover along the backline.”
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Chelsea match schedule for World Cup
Chelsea vs Arsenal, Premier League – Sunday, November 6; kick-off at 12 noon
Man City vs Chelsea, Carabao Cup – Wednesday, November 9; kick-off at 8pm, live on Sky Sports
Newcastle vs Chelsea, Premier League – Saturday, November 12; kick-off at 5.30pm – live on Sky Sports
England World Cup match schedule
England vs Iran – Monday, November 21; kick-off 1:00 PM
England vs USA – Friday, November 25; kick-off at 7:00 PM
Wales vs England – Tuesday, November 29; kick-off at 7:00 PM