Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has confirmed Ben Chilwell will be out for at least the next six weeks due to a knee injury but insisted the left-back has shown “positive” reactions so far.
Unfortunately, Chilwell will have to be on the sidelines amid his impressive form.
Since reclaiming his starting spot at Chelsea, the 24-year-old has already had three goals and an assist from just six Premier League games.
He sustained a knee injury during the second half in midweek’s 4-0 win over Juventus.
Tuchel has now provided an update on the defender’s injury situation.
“Ben is out,” the German confirmed as expected during the pre-match press conference on Friday.
“He has a partial [tear of] ACL, and the decision is to treat it conservatively.
“The next six weeks will tell the story if he makes it and will be fully available, hopefully, or will need surgery after that.
“The first reaction of his body is very positive, and hopefully it stays like this.
“Now the full focus is towards the next six weeks, so there is no rush or pressure.”
Tuchel also ruled out Mateo Kovacic, who remains out through a hamstring injury, as well as N’Golo Kante.
The Chelsea boss said Kante twisted his knee during the Juventus win and will be out for several days.
Tuchel will still have plenty of midfield options to choose from amid Kante and Kovacic’s absence, but it is not the case for the left wing-back position.
Marcos Alonso is, of course, an obvious replacement, but either Saul Niguez, Christian Pulisic, or Callum Hudson-Odoi might also have to fill the role in the next six weeks.
Malang Sarr is also capable of playing as a left-back, although it was as a full-back in a back four rather than a wing-back in a back-three.