Article by Nathan Gissing
Ben Chilwell is set to have surgery on his anterior cruciate ligament after he sustained a knee injury against Juventus last month.
The 25-year-old will have an operation tomorrow at Cromwell hospital and will miss the remainder of the season.
This has now forced Chelsea to find a solution ahead of the January transfer window, with Marcos Alonso currently the only recognised left-sided full-back and are already eyeing up targets.
The Blues are looking at a loan move for Lucas Digne, who has fallen out of favour at Everton.
Other potential options would be to recall either Ian Maatsen from his loan spell at Coventry City or Emerson Palmieri from his loan at Lyon.