Another Chelsea defender limped off after Chilwell's injury against Zagreb

Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta was spotted by the pundits on BT Sport struggling as he left the pitch following last night’s Champions League game against Dinamo Zagreb.

The Blues returned to winning ways with a 2-1 victory over the Croatian side at Stamford Bridge.

Goals from Raheem Sterling and the debuting Denis Zakaria helped turn things around after they conceded early.

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However, the night ended on as sour note as it finished. Ben Chilwell was forced off with minutes to go with what looked like a hamstring injury.

The England international was spotted leaving the ground on crutches, throwing his World Cup chances into real danger.

It seems as though things may have even unnoticeably gotten even worse for the club.

Azpilicueta off injured

Azpilicueta was spotted struggling as he left the pitch after the full-time whistle, potentially throwing another injury issue Graham Potter’s way.

He already had Wesley Fofana and Reece James on the treatment table in terms of defenders, with Mateo Kovacic, N’golo Kante and Kepa Arrizabalaga already ruled out of yesterday’s game.

An injury to the Spain international would see the Blues really struggling for options ahead of the huge London derby with Arsenal.

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With the danger of the table toppers’ Gabriel Martinelli, the club will need to come up with a solution before Sunday’s meeting at Stamford Bridge.

It is likely that Ruben Loftus-Cheek will be called upon for the task, with his attacking impotence potentially able to force the Brazilian to a position that he can not be so impactful from.

With there being just two league games until the season breaks for the World Cup, Potter will just be hoping he survives the challenging fixtures without any more serious injuries, especially among the already strung-together defence.

Jack is a writer for The Chelsea Chronicle. He has been a part of GRV Media since June 2022. He has a First Class Honours degree in Football Journalism from the University of Derby, graduating in 2021. Jack has experience working freelance for The Sun and The Athletic, whilst also being published for the Non-League Paper and reporting for Burton Albion's academy side. He is a lifelong Chelsea fan and will debate with anyone about everything and anything football related. He also holds a passion for gaming and music, and thinks he knows every word to every Oasis song ever released