Chelsea star Ben Chilwell is ruled out until December due to a hamstring injury.
The 26-year-old picked up the problem during the Blues’ 1-0 Carabao Cup win over Brighton last Wednesday.
According to the Daily Telegraph, Chilwell’s recuperation process could leave him out for as long as eight weeks, and thus until December.
Chilwell was ruled out of Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the World Cup in Qatar last November, also with a hamstring injury.
He later returned to the squad in February, before managing to regain his place in the side.
The Chelsea defender has been a mainstay in the side, missing just one of their Premier League matches so far this campaign, which was their 2-0 win at Fulham on Monday night.
Chilwell said on his Instagram story: « Can’t catch a break. Believe me, I am more frustrated than you guys.
« All I can do now is help the team as best as I can from the sidelines, until I can get back to giving everything for the club on the pitch again. Ups and downs but that’s just life.
« Just focused on getting this club back to where it deserves to be. Thank you as always for the love, Chels fans [blue heart emoji]. »
Mauricio Pochettino provided an update on his current situation prior to the Blues’ victory at Craven Cottage.
« I think it’s bad news, » the Argentinian boss said.
« From what the doctor told me it’s not a good thing, it looks like a bad injury.
« But we need to assess in the next few days and we’ll see the period that he’s going to be absent from the squad and the team. But it doesn’t look good. »
Chilwell joins a long list of players currently sidelined, with fellow defenders Benoit Badiashile, Trevoh Chalobah, Wesley Fofana and captain Reece James all out.
Midfielder Romeo Lavia, who joined the club in the summer from Southampton, Carney Chukwuemeka, and forward Christopher Nkunku, are also sidelined.
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