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Chelsea troubled by Ben Chilwell’s injury record

Chelsea’s manager is reportedly growing increasingly worried about the injury-prone nature of left-back Ben Chilwell.

The 26-year-old, who was acquired for a hefty £50 million from Leicester in 2020, has grappled with persistent fitness problems.

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His latest setback occurred during the EFL Cup match against Brighton, where he had to be substituted late in the game due to a hamstring injury.

This injury raises concerns that the English international may face an extended period on the sidelines.

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Mauricio Pochettino is already without right-back Reece James until after the international break, as he has a thigh problem, and the manager was asked last week about the pair. “When they’re at their best, they are the best full-backs in the world,” he said.

“At all clubs, important players are missed when they don’t play. If the question is, ‘do we miss them?’ Of course. Reece is a top player and [Chilwell] is also.”
Chelsea have £62m-signing Marc Cucurella and Ian Maatsen as backups for Chilwell at left back but are willing to listen to offers to sign Cucurella in January, sources told ESPN.

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