Chelsea star has new return date after training reveal - Dinnery

By Ben Dinnery

29th Apr, 2022 | 8:06am

Medical expert names new Ben Chilwell return date after 'significant' Chelsea training update

Chelsea will take no risks with Ben Chilwell and he could remain out of action until late August or early September.

That is the view of injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.

Chilwell, 25, has been sidelined with an anterior cruciate ligament tear since November last year.

The left-back underwent surgery the following month after it became apparent that a conservative approach was not feasible.

Per The Athletic last Tuesday (19 April), Thomas Tuchel revealed that he will be able to join training with Chelsea’s youth side in the next few weeks.

The hope is that the 17-cap England man will be able to return to senior training at the end of the season.

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Dinnery claims that it is “significant” that he is nearing a return to training but he will likely be unable to play again until at least a month into 2022-23.

“I still think we’re a long, long way away,” he told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams.

“Typically, we are looking eight, nine even 10 months out after ACL reconstruction.

“He won’t be too far away for the start of the season but there are no guarantees that he’ll be ready for that opening weekend.

“That might be something that is discussed behind closed doors. It would give him something to focus on.

“But he will have one eye on the World Cup as well. He won’t want to jeopardise his involvement in that.

“If you return within nine months, you are at signficant risk of suffering recurrence.

“Beyond that nine-month period, that risk begins to reduce month on month. You have to let the physiological aspect run its course.

“You can’t do anything to expedite that process, so I think late August or September is a realistic target.”

Chilwell’s 12 appearances this season before his injury yielded three goals and one assist.

Marcus Alonso has generally started at left-back in his absence.

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