Ben Chilwell suffers apparent ankle problem as England defender hobbles off during first half of Chelsea’s clash against West Ham December 21, 2020 – Posted in: Soccer

Chelsea left-back Ben Chilwell endured a birthday to forget after being forced off injured inside 10 minutes of Chelsea’s Premier League clash with London rivals West Ham on Monday night.

The England defender’s accidental collision with Hammers forward Jarrod Bowen resulted in Chilwell twisting his ankle awkwardly.

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Chilwell tried to play on but eventually hobbled off

Despite initially playing on the 24-year-old hobbled off soon after having received medical attention.

Emerson Palmieri replaced Chilwell, who has impressed for the Blues since his £45million switch from Leicester.

The news will come as a major concern to manager Frank Lampard as approaches a hectic festive schedule with Reece James already sidelined with a knee injury.

The Blues took the lead immediately after through a powerful header from veteran centre-half Thiago Silva, the former Paris Saint-Germain defender’s second goal for Chelsea since joining on a free transfer.

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