Ben Chilwell hopeful of quick return after back spasm in England defeat


Ben Chilwell is hopeful of making a quick recovery after a back problem cut short his appearance in England’s 2-0 defeat against Belgium.

First-half goals from Tielemans and Dries Mertens was enough to seal comfortable win for Belgium and the result ensured England missed out in the Nations League finals.

The Chelsea left-back has had a good start to the campaign for both club and country but had to be substituted for Bukayo Saka in the 38th minute of the game.

According to Telegraph reporter Matt Law, Chilwell was taken off due to a back spasm but be is hoping it’s not a major problem and that it was caused by the amount of travelling he’s had to do over the past few weeks.

But, it’s claimed Chilwell is unlikely to be risked against Iceland on Wednesday, with England already out of the competition. The blues will assess his fitness over the coming days ahead of their clash with Newcastle.

Lampard might have to start with either Emerson Palmieri or Cesar Azpilicueta in his place at St James’ Park should the defender fail to recover in time.

When quizzed about Chilwell’s injury, Gareth Southgate said: ‘He had some sort of issue with his back that he was complaining about and he didn’t feel he could carry on.

Southgate is concerned teams will now be putting pressure on players to miss Wednesday’s game.

‘We will find out a lot now because for sure there will be pressure from some clubs on their own players,’ the England head coach added.

‘That is what we live with constantly but we have players who want to play for England and we have pride in the way we play and we want to finish well.’


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