Ben Chilwell has sent a positive update on his rehabilitation from injury to followers of Chelsea as he continues his work to return to fitness during the break for the World Cup.
The full-back pulled up injured in added time against Dinamo Zagreb and eventually needed help off the pitch by Chelsea's physios before leaving Stamford Bridge on crutches. Television cameras appeared to catch Chilwell telling teammate Mason Mount that his hamstring had 'popped'
Indeed, Chilwell was not involved in Chelsea's squads against Arsenal, Manchester City or Newcastle, with 18-year-old Lewis Hall slotting in at wing-back for the latter two fixtures. The 25-year-old started a rehabilitation programme with Chelsea's medical department in early November after a scan revealed a 'significant injury'' for the defender.
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However, supporters will be hoping that Chilwell is in contention for the return of the Premier League when the Blues face Bournemouth following Chilwell's latest Instagram Story. The former Leicester star published a video of himself running on the treadmill accompanied by the comment: "Working".
Having suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury last season, Chilwell only made it back onto the Stamford Bridge pitch in the Blues' final game of the season against Watford after picking up the issue against Juventus in November 2021. The careful management of his reintroduction to the first team had continued to be managed carefully with just eight starts to his name in 14 appearances this term.
The defender is one of seven players that Chelsea headed into the break with injuries. N'Golo Kante is out until February while Kepa Arrizabalaga, Carney Chukwuemeka, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Wesley Fofana and Reece James all have injuries to overcome. Armando Broja has even since picked up a small ankle issue on international duty for Albania.
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