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Ben Chilwell thinks back injury was caused while travelling in blow to Chelsea

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Chelsea defender Ben Chilwell suffered a back spasm during England vs Belgium on Sunday evening.

Gareth Southgate was forced to withdraw the former Leicester City left-back after drafting him into his starting XI following a fine start to the season at his new club.

Supporters would have been worried to see the 23-year-old clutching his back when leaving the playing surface, but it was something that was brought on before the match.

Although he could now miss the final international fixture, he could still return against Newcastle.

According to the Telegraph, Chilwell himself believes it was brought on by traveling – and it is added that he will likely miss the clash against Iceland on Wednesday.

The update come after Southgate said: “He had some sort of issue with his back that he was complaining about and he didn’t feel he could carry on. Outside of that I can’t give you any detail at the moment.”

Before adding of pressure place on players by their clubs: “We will find out a lot now because for sure there will be pressure from some clubs on their own players.

“That is what we live with constantly but we have players who want to play for England and we have pride in the way we play and we want to finish well.”

While Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola have been openly critical of the recent heavily scheduled faced by their players, Frank Lampard was expecting the tough run.

He said in October: “It’s going to be a season like no other and none of us can control that.

“We can’t control the injuries that come upon us at different times – you cannot always read them, whether they’re impact injuries or muscle injuries, which we’re seeing more than ever for this stage of the season.

“I think the ball was dropped when the Premier League and clubs turned away from having five subs.

“We’re clearly in the most unprecedented times and it’s not going anywhere in the short-term.

“The demands on players are huge at every club and I’m not just talking about my squad, I’m talking about every football player that’s being asked to play day after day and put themselves at injury risk.

“It’s changed the landscape. We’ll try and manage it as best we can and we’re fortunate that we have a big squad here but at the same time we want to do the best.

“The pressures are on, the players want to get the right results so it could certainly have a big effect this year, more than any other year.”

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