Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has confirmed Ben Chilwell will be out for 6 weeks which will rule him out for Chelsea’s next 11 games.
Chilwell was forced off in the second half of Chelsea’s 4-0 Champions League win against Juventus on Tuesday after jarring his right knee as he challenged Adrien Rabiot for the ball.
Tuchel said: “He has a partial injury of his ACL and the decision is to treat it conservatively and the next six weeks will tell the story actually if he makes it and will be fully available hopefully within this six weeks or after this six weeks or he needs a surgery after that.”
Surgery would likely rule Chilwell out for the remainder of the season but Tuchel said: “Now I only care about the six weeks. We are very positive because the first reaction of his body is very positive.
“Hopefully it stays like this and now the full focus from everybody is towards the next six weeks, bringing him back to the pitch and make him play.
“This is the decision after all the examinations and is a very responsible decision so there so no rushing it and no pressure. This is the reasonable way to do it. So all the focus now is on the next six weeks.
“Maybe we don’t need to talk about it [in six weeks] because everything is fine. This will be the best case and there is a worst case and maybe there are some shades of grey in between. We have to wait.
“‘It does not help if we start now speaking about worst case scenarios because there is also a best case scenario and the decision is made. The next weeks will give the direction and if there are any updates we will give you the updates but right now this is what we have.”