Chelsea fans have been left fuming after Ben Chilwell was withdrawn from England ‘s game against Belgium through injury.
The left-back had only just recovered from a long-term foot problem to make a promising start to life at Chelsea.
Two goals, three assists and six clean sheets in 10 games have seem him bed into Frank Lampard’s new and improved side well.
But there will now be fears over whether Chilwell will be fit enough for Chelsea’s fixture against Newcastle.
The 23-year-old was replaced on minute 38 by Arsenal ‘s Bukayo Saka and with criticism over the number of fixtures footballers are being forced to play this will do little to ease that argument. It is not clear what forced Chilwell off the pitch. While it didn’t seem serious it’s still not encouraging for Chelsea fans.
Ben Chilwell goes down while on England duty.
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England, like most countries, are playing three games in the international breaks now in a bid to catch up following the pause Covid-19 forced upon the world.
But injuries are now beginning to pile up due to the sheer volume of fixtures. Liverpool, for example, have already been hit with injuries to Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomes and Trent Alexander-Arnold.
And with Chilwell the latest to suffer from the fixture pile up Chelsea fans have been left incensed.
Chilwell walks off after being replaced.
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One fan tweeted: “Chelsea could lose chilwell now because a stupid s*** pointless game.”
Another posted: “Man this Chilwell Injury stinks. International football is a conspiracy against Chelsea.”
One said: “I physically don’t want to watch a Chelsea team without Chilwell.”
Another said: “Ben Chilwell is injured and we’re playing Newcastle in 6 days International break stinks.”
“Chilwell holding his back, subbed off after 38 minutes,” said one Chelsea fan.