BEN CHILWELL returned to Chelsea's training ground on crutches on Monday to begin his rehabilitation.
The Blues left-back is facing months on the sidelines having had knee surgery on a partial ACL tear he picked up in November.
On December 30, he gave fans a thumbs up after the operation.
And the England man is back at Cobham already but hobbled in on crutches.
Chilwell posted a snap of himself on Instagram arriving at the training complex.
And he captioned it: "Back in the building."
It received more than 248,000 likes and more than 3,000 comments.
The 25-year-old sustained a partial ACL tear during Chelsea's 4-0 win over Juventus in November.
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Chelsea announced he would need surgery in order to repair the damage caused.
An official statement said: "After a knee injury in the match against Juventus the Chelsea medical department, in collaboration with their knee specialist, took the decision to attempt a conservative rehab approach.
"Unfortunately Ben was unable to progress and so collectively the decision has been taken to proceed this week with a surgical repair."
As a result, the defender is likely to be out of action for the remainder of the season.
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The left back is not the only name on Thomas Tuchel's injury list.
And the German expressed his frustrations about the club's injury crisis following Chelsea's 1-1 draw with Brighton.
He said: “We have no more wing backs, we have everybody injured and players coming back from the Covid situation and we’re playing playing playing.”
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