Chelsea dealt massive injury blow as defender ruled out for the season


Chelsea dealt massive injury blow as defender ruled out for the seasonChelsea dealt massive injury blow as defender ruled out for the season

Chelsea stutter in title charge

Thomas Tuchel and Chelsea’s decline in form has coincided almost exactly with Ben Chilwell’s absence after the rampaging wing-back suffered an ACL injur

It is not just his injury that has hampered the Blues, with midfield crises and COVID-19 outbreaks preventing Tuchel from naming a full 18-man-squad to face Wolves 10 days ago, against whom he could only field 6 players on the substitutes bench.

Despite a win over Aston Villa on Boxing day, the Blues now sit 6 points off the title pace being set by Manchester City, and will need to find a way to make up the deficit.

However, they have been dealt some bad news.

Chilwell ruled out for the season

Now, in a bitter blow to Chelsea, Ben Chilwell has been ruled out for the season.

The English defender picked up an ACL injury during their Champions League win over Juventus, but was thought not to need surgery, and was even targeting a January return,

However, the club have ultimately changed their mind, and the Englishman has now been sent to have surgery, ruling him out for the remainder of the season.

As per the reliable Nizaar Kinsella of Goal.com:

“Ben Chilwell is set to miss the rest of the season after Chelsea decided to end his previous rehabilitation process and send him for surgery.

It was hoped that the defender would avoid going under the knife and return in January after he injured his anterior cruciate ligament in November’s 4-0 Champions League win over Juventus.

However, the Blues feel the injury now needs surgery, with the England international now targeting a return for next season.”

This leaves Chelsea light in the full-back department ahead of a punishing schedule and a trip to the club world cup, with Marcos Alonso the only natural left back left in Thomas Tuchel’s squad.

Will he dip into the transfer window for reinforcements?

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 19 38 47
2 Liverpool FC 18 35 41
3 Chelsea FC 19 29 41
4 Arsenal FC 19 9 35
5 Tottenham Hotspur 16 2 29
6 West Ham United 18 6 28
7 Manchester United 16 2 27
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 18 -1 25
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 17 -1 23
10 Leicester City 17 -3 22
11 Aston Villa 18 -4 22
12 Crystal Palace 18 -3 20
13 Brentford FC 17 -3 20
14 Southampton FC 18 -9 20
15 Everton FC 17 -8 19
16 Leeds United 18 -18 16
17 Watford FC 16 -10 13
18 Burnley FC 15 -7 11
19 Newcastle United 18 -23 10
20 Norwich City 18 -31 10
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 15
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 7
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 7
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 7
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 6
Jorginho Chelsea FC 6
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 6
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 5
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 5
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 5



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