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Chilwell ‘hoping’ back spasm not a big issue — report

So are we, so are we

Belgium v England - UEFA Nations League Photo by John Berry/Getty Images

Information continues to be scarce about Ben Chilwell’s injury that forced him off just past the half hour-mark in Sunday’s Nations League match against Belgium. We know that it’s “some sort” of back problem, as per England manager Gareth Southgate, and we evidently know that it was bad enough to cause Chilwell to ask for a substitution.

“He had some sort of issue with his back that he was complaining about and he didn’t feel he could carry on. Outside of that I can’t give you any detail at the moment.”

-Gareth Southgate; source: Metro

The lack of information could be because the injury is minor and the substitution was precautionary, or it could be because back injuries can be complicated and not easily definable (see: Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s nagging back issues over the years). Or it could be both, which is what Matt Law’s report seems to be hinting at.

Chilwell’s obviously hoping it’s not serious, and so are we. That he apparently hasn’t been sent back to Chelsea is probably a good sign, but the last thing we need is him trying to play through it for the national team.

Time to get back to Cobham, Chilly B.

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