Chelsea boss Frank Lampard will be left sweating on the fitness of Ben Chilwell, after the full-back was forced off with injury for his country. He was back in Gareth Southgate’s starting line up for England in their Nations League clash with Belgium in Brussels but lasted just 38 minutes after picking up a problem.
While it’s not clear what was wrong with Chilwell, he went down and called for attention after flagging up the issue.
He appeared to be holding his lower back as he walked off the field and was clearly frustrated that his evening ended early.
Chilwell was able to walk off the field and although it did not look serious, it’s not an ideal situation for Lampard.
He was replaced by Arsenal youngster Bukayo Saka, who slotted in at left-wing back in place of his team-mate.
Chilwell has made a huge impact since arriving in west London from Leicester and is already a mainstay in Lampard’s side.
The defender has formed a close relationship with former Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole as he looks to follow in his footsteps.
Ahead of the game against Belgium, Cole paid tribute to Chilwell for his impressive start to life at Chelsea.
“I think very well. Coming into a young team helped him. From minute one he was hungry prove that he was good enough.Whether the transfer tag, £50milion is big,” Cole told Sky Sports.