England's Chilwell to miss World Cup with hamstring injury

Chelsea's Ben Chilwell is helped from the pitch after sustaining an injury during the Champions League group E soccer match between Chelsea and Dinamo Zagreb at Stamford Bridge stadium In London, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

LONDON (AP) — England full back Ben Chilwell will miss the World Cup after a scan confirmed a “significant” hamstring injury.

The Chelsea defender, who was likely fighting for the left-back spot with Luke Shaw, was injured in the team's 2-1 midweek win over Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League.

The Premier League club said Saturday that a scan revealed “a significant injury” that will prevent Chilwell from playing at the Qatar tournament.

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The 25-year-old Chilwell expressed his disappointment in a Twitter post after the diagnosis.

“Following my ACL injury I worked so hard to make sure I was ready for the World Cup. It has always been a dream of mine,” he wrote. “Unfortunately, this won’t be possible following my scan results. I’ll do all I can to get back playing for Chelsea ASAP. Thanks for the messages of support.”

Chilwell had returned to action in May after missing most of last season.

England’s first group game is against Iran on Nov. 21.


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