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Chelsea star Ben Chilwell hopeful of speedy recovery after back spasm in England defeat – Metro.co.uk

Chelsea star Ben Chilwell hopeful of speedy recovery after back spasm in England defeat – Metro.co.uk


Ben Chilwell lies on the floor with a back injury in England's Nations League clash with Belgium
Chelsea defender Ben Chilwell was forced off in the first half of England’s defeat (Picture: Getty)

Ben Chilwell is hopeful of making a speedy recovery after a back problem cut short his appearance in England’s 2-0 defeat to Belgium.

A pair of first-half goals from Youri Tielemans and Dries Mertens sealed a comfortable victory for Belgium at Leuven’s Den Dreef stadium and the result ensured England missed out on a place in the Nations League finals.

Chelsea left-back Chilwell has had an impressive start to the season for both club and country but had to be replaced by Bukayo Saka in the 38th minute of Sunday’s clash.

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According to Telegraph reporter Matt Law, Chilwell was forced off due to a back spasm but the defender is hoping it’s not a major issue and that it was brought on by the amount of travelling he’s had to do over the last few weeks.

However, it’s claimed the full-back is unlikely to be risked against Iceland on Wednesday evening, with the Three Lions already out of the competition.


Ben Chilwell cross the ball during Chelsea's Premier League clash with Sheffield United
Chelsea hope to have Chilwell available for their trip to St James’ Park (Picture: Getty)

Chelsea will assess Chilwell’s fitness over the coming days ahead of their trip to Newcastle this weekend.

Frank Lampard may be tempted to start with either Emerson Palmieri or Cesar Azpilicueta in Chilwell’s place at St James’ Park should the left-back fail to fully recover in time.

Asked about Chilwell’s injury after England’s defeat, Gareth Southgate said: ‘He had some sort of issue with his back that he was complaining about and he didn’t feel he could carry on.

‘Outside of that I can’t give you any detail at the moment.’

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson also had to be replaced at the halfway stage in Belgium and Southgate is concerned clubs will now be putting pressure on their players to miss Wednesday’s dead rubber.

‘We will find out a lot now because for sure there will be pressure from some clubs on their own players,’ the England head coach added.

‘That is what we live with constantly but we have players who want to play for England and we have pride in the way we play and we want to finish well.

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