Chelsea's left defender Ben Chilwell will be out for six weeks, but if his ailing knee does not improve, he could face surgery and a longer layoff, according to manager Thomas Tuchel.
In Chelsea's 4-0 Champions League triumph over Juventus at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday, the 24-year-old England international suffered an ACL injury.
“He has a partial injury of his ACL and the decision is to treat it conservatively,” Tuchel said. “The next six weeks will tell the story, actually, if he makes it and will be fully available ... or needs a surgery after that.”
Chilwell's knee has responded well to first treatment, according to the German manager, who spoke ahead of a Premier League encounter against Manchester United on Sunday.
“We have to wait. It does not help if we start now speaking about worst-case scenarios because there’s also a best-case scenario,” he said.