Chelsea left-back Ben Chilwell set to miss World Cup with hamstring injury
Chelsea’s Ben Chilwell says his World Cup dream is over after a scan showed the England left-back has a “significant” hamstring injury.
Chilwell, 25, suffered the injury in the Blues’ 2-1 Champions League win over Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday.
He has been capped 17 times by England and was in their most recent squad in September, although did not play.
England start their World Cup against Iran on 21 November, while boss Gareth Southgate names his squad on Thursday.
Chilwell suffered a ruptured cruciate ligament in November last year and was ruled out until May.
“Following my ACL injury I worked so hard to make sure I was ready for the World Cup,” Chilwell wrote on social media.
“It has always been a dream of mine. Unfortunately, this won’t be possible following my scan results. I’ll do all I can to get back playing for Chelsea ASAP.”
Chilwell was part of the England squad at Euro 2020, although he did not make an appearance during the tournament.
Chelsea said a scan on his hamstring showed he “has suffered a significant injury and is unfortunately expected to miss the World Cup”.
They added: “Ben will now begin a rehabilitation programme with the club’s medical department.”