Qatar 2022: England handed major World Cup scare after Chilwell injury
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England were dealt another injury scare in the space of a few days as Ben Chilwell suffered what appears to be a hamstring injury in Chelsea's final UEFA Champions League group stage match.

Chelsea secured a win 2-1 win against their Croatian rivals at Stamford Bridge and secured their place at the top of their group but an injury to wing back Ben Chilwell put a dampener on what was supposed to be a decent evening for the Blues.

The England international had to be helped off the pitch following a sprint that led to him grabbing his hamstring in pain and laying on the floor, unable to continue.

When asked about his injury, Graham Potter gave a pessimistic reply.

"It’s not great. Obviously when he pulls up like that it’s a concern, so we need to scan it, but it’s not positive at the moment.

"It’s a blow for us on an otherwise positive evening, I think. It’s a blow, to see him pull up like that is not a great sight. So fingers crossed that when we get it scanned it isn’t as bad, as it can be not severe. We have our fingers crossed at the moment, but obviously we’re disappointed.

"I think you’d have to say there are worries about him being okay for the World Cup. I don’t want to add any more than that, but obviously when a player pulls up like he did and he felt it, it’s never positive. He just felt something as he was setting off and it’s not nice."

Last Sunday, fellow England international Bukayo Saka came off with what looked to be an ankle injury. It was a scary moment for everyone but Mikel Arteta alleviated worries by saying it was only an impact injury. In his latest press conference, he told the press that the 21 year old is out of any danger and is in contention to feature for the Gunners in their Europa League game against Zurich. The news would've resulted in a massive sigh of relief for England fans everywhere but Ben Chilwell's case may not have a similar outcome.

Chilwell, who has won 17 caps for England, had a huge chunk of last season taken away from him through injury after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury on November 23rd. The knee injury required surgery and Chilwell was forced to sit out the remainder of the campaign.

Gareth Southgate's squad has already been dealt some serious injury blows as Chilwell's Chelsea teammate Reece James as well as Manchester City duo Kyle Walker and Kalvin Phillips set to miss out on the tournament in Qatar. The England manager will hope for good news regarding Chilwell's injury situation. 

England are to name their final World Cup squad before the final deadline on the 13th of November. England's World Cup campaign on the 21st of November against Iran.