- Ruben Loftus-Cheek has suffered a ruptured Achilles and will miss the Europa League final
- The midfielder needed crutches after suffering the blow in US friendly against New England Revolution
- Chelsea medics will assess the damage and determine how far he could be out injured
Ruben Loftus-Cheek has suffered a major injury ahead of Chelsea’s Europa League final against Arsenal after cropping a ruptured Achilles during a friendly win over New England Revolution in the US.
Chelsea battled the MLS campaigners in a post-season clash in Boston, winning 3-0, with Maurizio Sarri publicly expressing his worries about game before Gunners’ clash in Baku.
And now Loftus-Cheek failed to complete the contest after limping off with a suspected injury and will now miss the Europa League final and the start of 2019-20 campaign.
The Three Lions star appeared to have twisted his ankle in the second half of the encounter in the bumpy pitch at the Gillette Stadium.
Loftus-Cheek has been an important member of Chelsea’s Europa League campaign and could likely miss the final.
However, moments after the England international was captured on camera leaving the stadium on crutches, with his foot strapped with protective boot.
The 23-year-old Loftus-Cheek is expected to be sidelined for at least six months.
But after assessing the injury Chelsea medics would confirm how long he may be out which could be up to a year.
Loftus-Cheek will certainly miss the forthcoming tie against Arsenal in Azerbaijan in 14 days time.
And is also out the UEFA Nations League finals in Portugal when England face Holland in the last four..
Speaking during his post-match, Sarri applauded the purpose the friendly was put in place, as Chelsea were in United States of America as part of their ‘Say No To Antisemitism’ campaign.
The Italian tactician opted for a strong Chelsea starting XI, even as he maintained the fixture was far from ideal with their Europa League final game coming up on May 29 in Baku, Azerbaijan.
“Travelling so far away and returning Friday morning before a Sunday match is tough,” Sarri stressed.
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Ross Barkley netted twice during the match, with Olivier Giroud scoring Chelsea’s second of the game to see the Blues cruise to a 3-0 win.
Interestingly, Loftus-Cheek was one of the players to come off the bench, with Sarri making six substitutions after the first 45 minutes.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is furious with club chiefs for sanctioning the Blues trip to the United States of America for a postseason game before their Europa League final showdown against Arsenal.
The Stamford Bridge dwellers qualified for the Europa League final in dramatic fashion after seeing off Eintracht Frankfurt in a penalty shootout at Stamford Bridge on Thursday evening, May 9.
Chelsea will battle Arsenal in Baku on May 29 after Gunners saw off Valencia in the other semi-final.
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