Chelsea may have stumbled upon accidental solution to Ben Chilwell injury nightmare
Thomas Tuchel reviews Chelsea's 4-0 win against Juventus
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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel may have been given an unorthodox solution to Ben Chilwell’s injury nightmare after the Englishman was forced off during a handsome victory over Juventus on Tuesday. The left-wing-back, who had been enjoying a stellar campaign, is waiting to receive the results from a recent scan on his knee.
Chilwell was forced off during the second half of what was broadly a positive night at Stamford Bridge.
Tuchel’s side dispensed with Italian giants Juventus, rompting to an emphatic 4-0 score-line and securing their spot in the Champions League knockout stages.
As reigning champions, group stage success is merely one step towards retaining their crown, but a double injury blow, which also involved N’Golo Kante, dampened the mood slightly after the full-time whistle.
Chilwell underwent a scan on Wednesday amid fears that he could have suffered a dreaded ACL injury.
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While Marcos Alonso played plenty of games at the beginning of the season, not every Blues fans is particularly enthralled with his prospective return to the team.
Even so, an injury to the 30-year-old Spaniard would leave Tuchel extremely thin on the ground at left-wing-back.
In unlikely fashion, summer signing Saul Niguez could step in to save the day.
For the first two games of this season, while still at Atletico Madrid, Saul featured in Chilwell’s favoured position.
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Known as a versatile utility player, the 27-year-old has failed to make an impact in the middle of the park during the early stages of his season-long loan.
After a rough first couple of games in Chelsea blue, he has predominantly found himself consigned to the bench, with Ballon d’Or candidates Kante and Jorginho holding down the fort.
As such, a return to action could come via cameos at wing-back, although it remains to be seen how the former Atletico man would feel about such a shift.
Based on comments during the summer, Tuchel would be backtracking on his own word, although it may become a necessary evil if Chilwell’s scan reveals the worst.
“The three midfielders who are playing are at a high level. It will not be easy to play, but if I put my mind to it and fight it, I can get it,” he told Ibai Llanos on Twitch.
“Chelsea has promised me to train in my position [midfield], but to play we will see.
“To return to certain roles that I do not play in now – that is the most important reason for my decision [to sign for Chelsea].
“This transfer is a step out of my comfort zone for me. I believe that you will see a new Saul in a new [better] place.”
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