Ben Chilwell has a partial ACL tear and will be out for a minimum of 6 weeks, Thomas Tuchel has just revealed in his press conference.
The left back will be treated “conservatively” according to the Chelsea manager, meaning that after 6 weeks a decision will be made over whether to perform surgery to repair the damage.
Tuchel wasn’t giving too much away, but it sounds like the best case scenario is that after that time passes Chilwell has healed successfully and can be eased back into action.
Thomas Tuchel on Ben Chilwell:
“Ben is out, he has a partial injury of his ACL, and the decision is to treat it conservatively. The next six weeks will tell the story if he makes it and be available or if he will need surgery.”
— Talk Chelsea (@talkchelsea) November 26, 2021
Tuchel says that Chilwell has a partial injury in his ACL and Chelsea will decide in six weeks whether he needs surgery #cfc
— Jacob Steinberg (@JacobSteinberg) November 26, 2021
The worst case scenario is that the issue remains, and surgery is needed, potentially ruling the left back out for the rest of the season or even longer.
The other option would be to do the surgery now and get it over with – but given there’s a good chance it won’t be necessary, this seems the most sensible course of action.
Prayers up for Ben’s ACL everyone.