Weeks before the World Cup, Ben Chilwell tears his hamstring


Fullback for England Chelsea’s win against Dinamo Zagreb in the UEFA Champions League has cast considerable question on Ben Chilwell’s availability for the next FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Chilwell limped off with what appeared to be a hamstring injury.

Chilwell’s injury has cast doubt on whether or not he will even travel to Qatar with the squad. He was set to compete with Manchester United’s Luke Shaw for a starting spot.

The Chelsea fullback was visibly upset after getting injured late in their 2-1 victory over Zagreb, which put them on top of Group E ahead of AC Milan.

When asked for an update after the game, manager Graham Potter stated, “Not terrific.” It’s concerning when he pulls up in that manner. We need to run scans, but early results aren’t promising.

I won’t say much more, but “when a player pulls up like Ben did, it’s never positive.”

With only 18 days before the start of the World Cup, England manager Gareth Southgate will likely have to consider options other than left back Ben Chilwell for his squad in Qatar.

Ryan Sessegnon and Kyle Walker-Peters are possible candidates, with Walker-Peters having made his first two international appearances for England in 2022.