Chelsea boss Tuchel confirms Chilwell has suffered an ACL injury

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel confirms Ben Chilwell suffered an ACL injury against Juventus, with the next six weeks key to discover whether the wing-back requires knee surgery which threatens to end his season

  • Ben Chilwell was forced off through injury in Chelsea’s win against Juventus
  • Thomas Tuchel has confirmed the wing-back suffered a ‘partial ACL injury’
  • Chilwell could have to go through surgery which could end his season 

Thomas Tuchel confirmed Ben Chilwell has suffered a partial ACL injury and Chelsea will wait six weeks to see if he needs surgery.

In-form left-back Chilwell was forced off in the second half of Chelsea’s 4-0 Champions League win against Juventus on Tuesday after jarring his right knee as he challenged Adrien Rabiot for the ball.

Tuchel said: ‘He has a partial injury of his ACL and the decision is to treat it conservatively and the next six weeks will tell the story actually if he makes it and will be fully available hopefully within this six weeks or after this six weeks or he needs a surgery after that.’

Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that Ben Chilwell suffered an ACL injury against Juventus

Chilwell suffered the injury in an innocuous incident during the second-half of their 4-0 win

The initial six week period will rule Chilwell out for the rest of the year and see him miss Chelsea’s next 11 games, starting with Sunday’s clash against Manchester United.

Surgery would likely rule Chilwell out for the remainder of the season but Tuchel said: ‘Now I only care about the six weeks. We are very positive because the first reaction of his body is very positive.

‘Hopefully it stays like this and now the full focus from everybody is towards the next six weeks, bringing him back to the pitch and make him play.

‘This is the decision after all the examinations and is a very responsible decision so there so no rushing it and no pressure. This is the reasonable way to do it. So all the focus now is on the next six weeks.

‘Maybe we don’t need to talk about it [in six weeks] because everything is fine. This will be the best case and there is a worst case and maybe there are some shades of grey in between. We have to wait.

Tuchel said the next six weeks will be key to decide whether Chilwell requires surgery

Chilwell’s injury comes as a blow for Chelsea following his recent excellent form for the club

‘It does not help if we start now speaking about worst case scenarios because there is also a best case scenario and the decision is made. The next weeks will give the direction and if there are any updates we will give you the updates but right now this is what we have.’

Chilwell has enjoyed an impressive recent resurgence after failing to play a single minute for England at the Euros and starting the season as back-up to Marcos Alonso at Chelsea.

He eventually forced his way into the Chelsea side and been a standout performer in the last two months, scoring four times for club and country this season.

Chilwell had been in excellent form for Chelsea after working his way back into the squad

‘There is never a good moment for big injuries and injuries in general,’ Tuchel said.

‘This for him personally is a very bad moment because he was so involved, so good and so full of confidence. Was a huge part in our performances, in our victories over the last weeks so it’s a shame.

‘We are very sad. He is actually in the moment very positive. I just spoke to him some minutes ago. 

‘He is very positive because his body reacts very positive to the first treatment and to the injury so after a while you have to refocus and you have to focus on the positive things which is now the next weeks and to do everything that is possible that he can come back on the pitch and help us again. He will come back strong. I’m sure about it.’

Chelsea will also be without Mateo Kovacic (thigh) against United while Tuchel admitted it would be ‘almost a miracle’ if N’Golo Kante is fit after he also came off against Juventus with a knee injury.   

His injury will also come as a concern to Gareth Southgate less than a year away from the World Cup

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