Fear grips Chelsea as injured Blues star faces lengthy spell on sidelines

Ben Chilwell is sweating on scan results to save his season after injuring his knee in Chelsea’s Champions League romp against Juventus, according to The Sun.

There are fears the defender has damaged his anterior cruciate ligament in what would be a huge blow to the player, his club and England.

Chilwell had to be helped from the pitch on Wednesday after jarring his leg with 19 minutes left of the 4-0 victory against Juventus which took Chelsea to their top of Group H.

He has already started initial treatment with scans to assess the scale of the problem.

Sometimes Chelsea follow that up with a second one once swelling around the affect area has died down.

The physio team at the club are waiting to check the full results before a full prognosis is delivered.

But it could mean a lengthy spell on the sidelines for the £50million left back just as he was starting to reassert his position in the team.

Chilwell could be out for between six and nine months which effectively ends his campaign for the Premier League leaders and reigning European champions.

It means boss Thomas Tuchel will have to rely on Spaniard Marcos Alonso to fill the left back slot for what looks destined to be a hectic season.

They are through to the knockout stages of the Champions League as they defend the title and are into the last eight of the Carabao Cup next month.

In addition Chelsea play in the World Club Cup in early February which means the fixtures are piling up.

Chilwell was out of the team at the beginning of the season after losing his place to Alonso but had recently fought his way back into the reckoning.

But if he is crocked long term it is a big setback for Chelsea and to England as they continue preparations for next winter’s World Cup finals in Qatar.

Chelsea are also sweating on injury to Chilwell’s team-mate N’Golo Kante who twisted his knee in the same match on Wednesday.