Ben Chilwell is set to miss England’s UEFA Nations League fixtures against Iceland and Denmark but his heel injury will not prevent Chelsea looking to wrap up a £50million move for the Leicester full-back.
Chilwell, 23, is expected to take around three weeks before returning from the foot problem and starting the Premier League season, which looks likely to be at Stamford Bridge after the two clubs moved closer to agreeing a deal.
He missed the final five games of the season as Brendan Rodgers’ team, who were also without James Maddison for the final part of the campaign, dropped out of the Champions League places.
Chilwell was replaced at half-time in the victory over Crystal Palace on July 4, which was his final action of the season.
Gareth Southgate names his squad for the trips to Reykjavik and Copenhagen at the start of next month and will be without Chilwell. In his last squad, almost 10 months ago, he had Danny Rose and other options include recalling Ryan Bertrand for a first cap in three years.
Southgate also has the option of Ryan Sessegnon in the Under-21s.
Chelsea will step up their attempts to land Chilwell next week as they look to strengthen Frank Lampard’s defence having already bought Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech. They are also in talks with Thiago Silva, 35, to add a centre-back.
Leicester have sold N’Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater to Chelsea from their title-winning team and Chilwell is their latest target from the King Power Stadium following his emergence in the last three seasons.
He only made his England debut after the World Cup in 2018 but has played 11 times for Southgate since and started in the UEFA Nations League semi-final last year.