Chelsea left-back Ben Chilwell has admitted that he has set his sights on being involved in Wednesday evening’s Champions League clash against Sevilla in Spain.
Frank Lampard, the Chelsea head coach, and the Blues’ supporters were forced to hold their breathe during the second half of Sunday’s goalless draw with Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on Sunday after summer signing Chilwell rolled his right ankle.
However, the England international, who has netted two goals since sealing a move to Stamford Bridge from Leicester City during the summer, was able to carry on until the final whistle, helping the Blues stretch their unbeaten run in all competitions to 11 matches.
Following the match, which failed to live up to the pre-match hype, Chilwell issued an update on his condition, confirming that he is now “fine” and is looking to keep his place in the side for the clash with Sevilla.
“I was desperate to carry on [after rolling his ankle] and thankfully I ran it off,” said the Blues left-back.
“It’s fine now so I’m just looking forward to recovering and hopefully playing again in midweek.”
This will have come as a huge relief to Chilwell as he has already faced a couple of injury woes already this term. Upon his arrival at Chelsea he was nursing a foot problem and he recently struggled with a back complaint whilst on international duty with England earlier this month.
Being available for Wednesday’s penultimate round of fixtures in Group E will be a major boost to Lampard, as he may look to make changes to his side ahead of a busy schedule, especially with the hectic Christmas period not all that too far away.
However, following the goalless stalemate with Spurs on Sunday, Lampard felt that his side should be heading to Spain later this week off the back of another victory.
“I thought we dominated big parts of the game,” said Lampard. “Everything that we talked of before the game in terms of nullifying their counter attacking threat we did really well, so that part off the game was fantastic.
“We almost gifted them one at the end and I thought we created enough. It is difficult to create against Tottenham when they have a low block, the whole team defending centrally.
“We had to try to go round them and try crosses and have shots, but it is hard. You have to try to stop counter attacking in transitions.
“I thought that part of our game was excellent. Sometimes you rely on a bit of magic, sometimes when you have that dominance it can happen. I am sort of balanced after the game.
“Big parts were great, hence the clean sheet. But a game we maybe should have won.”