Chelsea fear Ben Chilwell could be sidelined for the rest of the season after damaging his anterior cruciate ligament during the 4-0 Champions League win against Juventus.

The England international, who has been in fine form over recent weeks after a disappointing summer at the European Championship initially spilled over into the start of the season, was helped off the pitch at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night and there are now fears that he may require surgery.

Chelsea are still awaiting scan results and could wait until after Christmas to make a call on a potential operation, but if that was required recovery can take up to nine months.

The 24-year-old has three goals and one assist in six Premier League games this season, forming an impressive wing-back tandem with Reece James.

“He was playing on such a high level in a fantastic moment like Reece on the other side, they are in the best shape they could possibly be,” Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel said of Chilwell’s injury after the win over Juventus.

“So strong and full of confidence, such a lot of quality. He was in a lot of pain, now he feels a bit better. We have an examination tomorrow to be a bit more precise and we hope for the best, hopefully we get away with fingers crossed, not bad news.”

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