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When Ben Chilwell could make Chelsea return following ACL injury

Chelsea defender, Ben Chilwell suffered a major blow to his 2021/22 season after sustaining suspected anterior cruciate ligament damage during their 4-0 win against Juventus on Tuesday night.

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The 24-year-old jarred his knee and was forced off with around 20 minutes to go. Thomas Tuchel offered an update post-match hoping his injury wasn’t too bad, but the bad news was confirmed.

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Chilwell underwent scans on Wednesday and could need surgery on his ACL, which is a ‘high possibility’.

He will miss the rest of the year, at least, providing Tuchel with some food for thought over who to replace him with at wing-back with Marcos Alonso the most recognised and obvious option.

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If surgery isn’t required, Chilwell could return at some point in 2022 for Chelsea, however the England international will not be rushed back. If surgery is required, his 2021/22 season will be over with the time on the sidelines expected to be between six and nine months.

Chelsea will make a decision in the New Year over whether or not Chilwell will undergo surgery. They will allow his injury to naturally to heal until the end of the year before making a long-term decision.


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