Here is some injury updates news on Ben Chillwell, Heung-Min Son, and Romelu Lukaku.
Ben Chilwell’s World Cup hopes in doubt after UCL injury for Chelsea
After limping off during Chelsea’s Champions League victory over Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday night, Chilwell’s chances of participating in the World Cup are now seriously in doubt.
The full-back had been slowly regaining shape for Chelsea ahead of the tournament in Qatar, which starts less than three weeks from now on November 20.
He has been fighting through injuries for the past 18 months to get fit for club and country. Chilwell was assisted off the field by Chelsea medical personnel after their encounter against Dinamo Zagreb. Still, he seemed to be holding his hamstring.
Later, crutches were seen being used by Chilwell as he cautiously crossed the field to exit the stadium.
England boss Gareth Southgate now waits anxiously to see how long the left-back will be out.
Chilwell injured at the end of Chelsea's win over Dinamo Zagreb pic.twitter.com/BFQLZVGLXL
— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) November 2, 2022
Son is to undergo surgery
Son Heung-min requires surgery to fix a fracture around his left eye, which might jeopardize his World Cup aspirations.
The South Korean will have surgery to stabilize the break near his left eye after sustaining the injury during Tottenham’s 2-1 Champions League victory against Marseille on Wednesday.
The spurs did not specify when he would return. But with 22 days until South Korea’s opening World Cup match against Uruguay, the 30-year-old’s presence in Qatar is now seriously in doubt.
“Son Heung-min will have surgery to stabilize a fracture around his left eye,” according to a statement from Spurs.
“The South Korean international was hurt on Tuesday at Olympique Marseille during the first half of their UEFA Champions League triumph.”
“Son will begin rehabilitation with our medical professionals after surgery. We’ll keep our fans updated as more information becomes available.”
His absence from Tottenham’s final three games, including matches against Liverpool, Leeds, and Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup, is guaranteed.
Tottenham confirm that Heung-Min Son will “undergo surgery to stabilise a fracture around his left eye”. ⚪️🇰🇷 #THFC
Following surgery, Heung-Min Son will commence rehabilitation with our medical staff. pic.twitter.com/tVdHk3GnqE
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) November 2, 2022
Doctor confident that Romelu Lukaku will feature at the World Cup
Before the World Cup, Lukaku won’t be able to play any club games for Inter Milan. It raises concerns that the nation’s all-time leading scorer won’t be ready to compete in Qatar.
Chris Goossens, an accomplished sports physician, informed Het Nieuwsblad that Romelu Lukaku might play in the World Cup. During the interview, Goossens was questioned about whether he believed Lukaku would be prepared for the World Cup.
He retorted, “I’m hopeful since he’s now been removed out of the group and is being prepared separately. He might even be able to play in the opening group game if there isn’t a tear. Be careful; don’t do it right away for 90 minutes. Then I’d prefer to create it gradually.”
Lois Openda of Lens, who scored a hat-trick against Tolouse, is another alternative for Roberto Martinez if Romelu Lukaku cannot participate in the World Cup. Former Chelsea forward Michy Batshuayi, who currently plays for Fenerbahce in Turkey, is another striker Martinez might choose. Batshuayi has scored five goals in six Super Lig games.