Chelsea are waiting to discover the full extent of Ben Chilwell’s injury, but the early signs are that the England defender has suffered a serious problem.
The 24-year-old was forced off during the Blues’ 4-0 win over Juventus earlier in the week and will be scanned to discover the severity of the injury, but there are fears that he has suffered anterior cruciate ligament damage.
Chilwell has been in outstanding form in recent weeks after winning his place back from Marcos Alonso, and any serious problem will be a major concern for Thomas Tuchel.
If Chilwell is indeed facing a lengthy lay-off, then who could Chelsea sign to help bolster their options at left-back? football.london picks three left-sided full-backs that could help Tuchel.
Alex Sandro is a regular in the Juventus first team, but his contract situation is an interesting one.
The 30-year-old defender sees his deal with the Old Lady reach its conclusion at the end of next season and the Italian giants may be looking at cashing in on the Brazilian left-back.
Sandro has been a top full-back for many years now and has regularly been linked with a move to Chelsea in the past.
The Juve star has regularly played as a left wing-back in the past, meaning he should be able to adapt to Tuchel’s system a bit easier than others.
Like Sandro, Nicolas Tagliafico’s contract expires at the end of next season, with the Ajax defender continuing to be linked with a move away from Amsterdam.
According to WhoScored, the 29-year-old has six strengths – aerial duels, crossing, holding on to the ball, passing, key passes and concentration. There is just one weakness, though, with Tagliafico’s discipline the only thing letting him down.
Leonardo Spinazzola, who is valued at £23.4million on Transfermarkt, was so impressive for Italy during the summer’s European Championships and the left-back’s form earned him reported interest from Chelsea, as well as others.
Now, with Chilwell set to be sidelined for a while, Spinazzola could be looked at once again.
The Italy international is very good at passing and playing the defence-cutting balls that can split teams, with his creativity one of the strongest aspects of his game.
Spinazzola is currently sidelined, but is expected to be back before the New Year.
Source by Football London