Ben Chilwell allays injury fears after nasty ankle roll in Chelsea’s draw with Tottenham


Chelsea left-back Ben Chilwell went down with an ankle problem after the break (Picture: Getty)

Ben Chilwell insisted he was ‘fine’ after rolling his ankle during Chelsea’s goalless draw with Tottenham and hopes to fully recover in time to play a part in the side’s Champions League at Sevilla this week.

Both teams had opportunities to find the net in Sunday’s cagey London derby, with second-half substitute Olivier Giroud missing arguably the best chance of the game in the dying moments at Stamford Bridge.

Frank Lampard looked on nervously as Chilwell went down in a heap in the 74th minute and it initially appeared the England left-back would be unable to see out the full 90 minutes.

Chilwell rolled his ankle as he tried to beat Aurier to the ball (Picture: NBC)

But the defender remained on the field after being seen to by Chelsea’s medical staff and played down fears over his ankle while speaking to Sky Sports shortly after the final whistle.

‘I was desperate to carry on and thankfully I ran it off,’ the former Leicester full-back said.

‘It’s fine now so I’m just looking forward to recovering and hopefully playing again in midweek.’

Chilwell was delighted to come away from the match with a clean sheet and believes Chelsea successful nullified the threat of both Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.

‘I spoke to a few of the Tottenham boys and we all felt it was pretty tight,’ he added.

‘It was on a bit of a knife-edge and needed a bit of brilliance from an individual to go and win the game. 

‘Mason’s strike might have done it but it was a great save.

The England defender expects to feature against Sevilla on Wednesday night (Picture: Getty)

‘Both teams were tactically pretty good and, as much as we’d have liked to have won the game, it was important not to lose either.  

‘We’re happy with a clean sheet against a great strikeforce like theirs because we know how good they are.

‘Kane and Son are very clinical going forward and the link-up play between them is very good so we’re happy with nullifying them both.’

Chilwell continued: ‘When you’re battling up the top, you don’t want to give them points and they don’t want to give you points.

‘We wanted to win but we’ll take the draw – we’ve got to be happy with that.

‘I don’t know if it was entertaining to watch but I found it pretty entertaining on the pitch because it was two good teams who were tactically very good on the day.

‘I’d have loved for us to win the game at Stamford Bridge against our rivals but for myself and the rest of the defence, the clean sheet is really important for us moving forward.’

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