Chelsea have concluded that Ben Chilwell’s anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury, which he sustained against Juventus in the Champions League encounter, will require surgery.
After suffering a knee injury during Chelsea’s 4-0 win over Juventus in late November, the England full-back will almost probably miss the remainder of the season.
Chilwell had been in excellent form since recovering his spot in the team, scoring four goals for both club and country before suffering an injury.
A statement from the club said: “After a knee injury in the match against Juventus the Chelsea medical department, in collaboration with their knee specialist, took the decision to attempt a conservative rehab approach.
“Unfortunately Ben was unable to progress and so collectively the decision has been taken to proceed this week with a surgical repair.”
Chilwell had a terrible start to the season and has publicly expressed his frustration with his lack of involvement in England’s march to the Euro 2020 final, but he will now miss the remainder of the season with his club.
According to many sources, the Champions League holders may try to sign cover at the left-back / left-wing back position during the forthcoming transfer window, with Everton’s Lucas Digne being one option.
Since Marcos Alonso’s injury, Tuchel has tried Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Saul, and Christian Pulisic as wide left cover players, with mixed results.
Tuchel had hoped Chilwell’s absence would be brief, noting at the time of the injury that the club would assess the issue again in six weeks.
“Ben is out, he has a partial injury of his ACL, and the decision is to treat it conservatively,” Tuchel said in his press conference after the defender picked up the injury.
“The next six weeks will tell the story if he makes it and be available or if he will need surgery.”