Chelsea have suffered a major injury scare ahead of this weekend’s Premier League clash against Newcastle United.
In the first-half of England 2-0 UEFA Nations League defeat at the hands of Belgium on Sunday evening, Ben Chilwell had to be replaced by Arsenal wonderkid Bukayo Saka.
That’s because he picked up a back problem and looked rather uncomfortable when walking off the pitch.
In an update from Three Lions head coach Gareth Southgate, he’s revealed that Chilwell said he couldn’t carry on, but wasn’t able to provide much detail
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“He had some sort of issue with his back that he was complaining about and he didn’t feel he could carry on,” Southgate told reporters. “Outside of that I can’t give you any detail at the moment.”
If Chilwell’s injury does turn out to be serious enough to rule him out of the trip to St James’ Park then Blues head coach Frank Lampard will be forced into at least one change from the Chelsea team that started the 4-1 win over Sheffield United before the international break.
Of course, Lampard does have several options.
One being he could start club captain Cesar Azpilicueta at left-back – a role the Spaniard is more than comfortable in after breaking into the team in this position six years ago.
Then there’s the option to recall either Marcos Alonso or Emerson Palmieri – two natural left-footers.
It would appear that the Italy international would get the nod over the Spaniard based on the fact he’s effectively been Chilwell’s understudy so far this season.
Emerson’s last start came in the 6-0 Carabao Cup win over Barnsley in the third round and has made three substitute appearances since.
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