Ben Chilwell made his return in front of the camera with Chelsea club media amid his steady return from injury
Ben Chilwill made an impromptu appearance in Christian Pulisic’s post-match interview with the Chelsea club media, following the Blues’ 1-0 win over West Ham. The United States captain secured three crucial points for the Blues in the dying embers of the tie, extending Chelsea’s advantage over Arsenal and Tottenham in the race for Champions League qualification.
The 25-year-old left-back, who was ruled out for the season earlier in the year, threw his arms around the goalscorer as the pair beamed from ear to ear. Chilwell proceeded to shower Pulisic with praise before admitting to being camera shy due to his absence from the media limelight since his injury.
“You said saved us today bro,” the England international said, before giggles from Pulisic followed. “It was [a big win], it was. Big win. Long time since I’ve done this!”
Chilwell added by regathering his thoughts and replacing his arm around Pulisic. The Blues defender said: “It was a big win. I’m proud of the boys today. Good win so, yeah, just push on now.”
“Always [nervous], always nervous,” he said, when asked what it’s like watching on from the sidelines. “The main thing today was the win so yeah, happy day.”
Speaking on Pulisic’s finish before wrapping his arm back around his teammate, Chilwell concluded: “Great finish, happy for him. So yeah, bye guys – I’ll let you get on with it!”
Having missed a large chuck of the season through injury, Chilwell’s return is highly anticipated. In November, the defender suffered a knee ligament injury in Chelsea’s clash with Juventus at Stamford Bridge.
He was subsequently expected to miss the rest of the season. Last month, the club’s official Instagram account posted a photo of the full-back working on the training ground alongside the caption: “Upping those fitness levels! @benchilwell.”
Despite his steady return, Chilwell’s return date is still unknown although he will miss Chelsea’s clash with Manchester United on Thursday evening. Marcos Alonso, who impressed against West Ham, will likely feature amid growing concerns with Malang Sarr’s suitability. Nevertheless, Chilwell’s return to the training pitch has been welcomed news amid a season blurred by setbacks for Thomas Tuchel’s side, on and off the pitch.