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Chelsea suffered a major blow ahead of the Europa League final as Ruben Loftus-Cheek hobbled off with an ankle injury during the charity game Against MLS side New England Revolution. The 23-year-old twisted his ankle in the lumpy pitch at the Gillette Stadium, going off in the second half.
Loftus-Cheek who has been a key player for Chelsea in recent games left the field on crutches and is now a doubt for the Europa League final against Arsenal on May 29.
Chelsea fear the attacking midfielder has suffered an Achilles injury, similar to the one which has ruled his teammate Callum Hudson-Odoi out until the start of next season, and he was seen leaving the Gillette Stadium in a protective boot, before boarding the flight back to London with the rest of Sarri’s squad.
Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso gave a worrying assessment of Loftus-Cheek’s injury after the game in the United States.
“They still don’t know but I think Ruben has a little bit of pain,” said the Spaniard.
“It doesn’t look very good to be honest. But fingers crossed he will be back as soon as possible. I think it’s his Achilles, he was on his own.”
Maurizio Sarri was reluctant for Chelsea to play this game and his worst fears have now come to pass with Loftus-Cheek picking an injury ahead of the crucial Europa League final tie against the Gunners.
“Now we need to rest,” Sarri said in his post-match interview after the shootout victory over Frankfurt. “Unfortunately we have to go to play in the United States.
“Because I think in this moment, we need to rest. We have 10 days to prepare for the final.”
Chelsea now have two injured players ahead of the Arsenal clash, but Kante is expected to be fit before the final.