The Chelsea left back had to be substituted early in their game against West Ham after twisting his ankle. Chilwell, who arrived at Chelsea with a knee injury in the summer has gone on and be a regular under Frank Lampard this season. The England international already has 2 goals and 3 assists to his name, and his absence against Arsenal on Boxing Day might cause problems for Chelsea.
Chilwell is set to undergo a scan on Tuesday to understand the extent of the injury he suffered on his 24th birthday. Emerson, who replaced the injured Chilwell put in a solid performance, and could be in line to start against the Gunners on Boxing Day. Speaking after the game Lampard admitted Chilwell could be a doubt for Arsenal game, but believes they have the personnel to cope with it. The Chelsea manager added “I expect he’ll be doubtful for Arsenal. He turned his ankle and tried to carry on but it was too painful. We’ll have a scan on Tuesday to try and see how bad the injury is.”
“Emer did well as well. When we train we work inclusively as a whole squad and know the movements we want to make. We’ll prepare for Arsenal and onwards with our attacking plan. A slight difference in attributes can change things to a degree but I don’t expect too much because they are accomplished players.”
“We want to attack with our full-backs, they know that. Reece and Chilly have been doing really well, we hope their injuries are not that bad and they will be in and around the games over Christmas, so we’ll see. But I was pleased with the two lads, they were comfortable.”