England supervisor Gareth Southgate has actually validated Ben Chilwell suffered a back injury during the loss to Belgium.

The Chelsea left-back had to be replaced throughout the first half of England’s 2-0 Nations League defeat to the Red Devils on Sunday.

The 23-year-old, who has had an impressive start to the season for both club and country, was seen lying on the ground in discomfort prior to being replaced by Bukayo Saka in the 38th minute.

Southgate validated the nature of the injury but it is unclear if the former Leicester defender will recuperate in time for England’s Nations League match against Iceland or Wednesday or for Chelsea’s away video game versus Newcastle on Saturday.

After the video game, Southgate stated: “He had some sort of issue with his back. He didn’t feel he might bring on.

” Beyond that I can’t offer you any detail at the moment.”

The Daily Telegraph’s Matt Law tweeted that the injury to Chilwell, who has previously been bothered by a foot injury, may not be that extreme.

Chelsea will evaluate Chilwell’s fitness over the coming days ahead of their journey to St James’ Park on Saturday.

Blues employer Frank Lampard might be lured to start with Cesar Azpilicueta or Emerson Palmieri if Chilwell stops working to recuperate in time.

Chelsea lost their previous meeting with Steve Bruce’s guys after falling to a 1-0 away defeat in January.

Lampard’s side are among the type groups in the division and sit 5th in the table, whereas Newcastle are down in 13th.

However a win for the hosts will take them within one point of Chelsea, however a win for the visitors will see them go leading for a matter of hours at the least.

This will be their 168th meeting, with Chelsea winning 74, losing 54, and drawing 39.