READ WHAT THE MANAGER HAS TO SAY AFTER LOFTUS-CHEEK LEFT THE PITCH IN TEARS FOLLOWING HIS INJURY

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek was having a good game in the FA Cup third round tie against Nottingham Forest but his game was cut short in the first half due to injury.

The 22-year-old broke down in tears as he was forced off with a back injury in the first half of the game, with Eden Hazard coming on in his place.

The England international has struggled with a back problem for much of the season and it appeared that the injury problem hasn’t been totally resolved and the pains reappeared on Saturday evening.

Carlo Cudicini handled the press conference after the game, and the former Chelsea goalkeeper who’s among Maurizio Sarri’s coaching staff admitted that he feels sorry for Loftus-Cheek who should be having a good season.

He said: “Yes it is. We are very sorry for the kid to be honest. His impact on the games he played so far has been very good.

“Even today I feel he was contributing very much so it’s a pity. It’s something that is affecting him and something we need to look at resolving.

“Obviously it’s been going on for a while and now he will probably have to stop for a bit to try to resolve it. As I said, it’s a pity because he’s doing very well this season.”

Another player who was in tears was Cesc Fabregas as the 31-year-old played his last game for Chelsea, and in tears, the Spain international who has marked over 500 games in England waved farewell to the Chelsea fans.

Asked if it was Fabregas’ last game, Cudicini said: “We don’t know, I personally don’t know. If it was his last game I think it was very good he played in front of his fans and he was able to get a nice reception, but as I said we don’t know so I’m not able to comment.

“He was captain a few times in pre-season when Cahill and Azpi weren’t there. He’s not the first and won’t be the last to miss a penalty. It’s something I think I have some knowledge on and the keeper did quite well.

“What can I say about Cesc? Five-hundred games, a player who is unique in his position, he has unbelievable vision and awareness of where his team-mates are on the pitch.

“He’s one of the few who has the ability to play that ball for the runs behind the defensive line, so precise and with the right timing. I think he’s one of a kind. He’s been fantastic for teams before us and the contribution he’s given to this club and this team has been amazing. Cesc is a top player.”

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