The England midfielder is facing a lengthy absence which will force him to miss the Europa League final, this summer’s Nations League finals and the start of next season
Ruben Loftus-Cheek will reportedly miss up to a year of football after suffering a serious injury during Chelsea’s friendly with New England Revolution.
The Blues won 3-0 in the United States but Maurizio Sarri, the club’s manager, was dealt a huge blow when Loftus-Cheek went down injured, and was seen leaving the stadium on crutches and in a protective boot.
And, according to The Sun, the England midfielder faces a minimum six months on the sidelines, with a ruptured Achilles potentially keeping him out for a whole year.
This means Loftus-Cheek will miss the Europa League final, this summer’s Nations League finals, and the start of next season.
Chelsea’s medical staff are still assessing the extent of Loftus-Cheek’s injury and must decide whether the 23-year-old should undergo surgery.
Loftus-Cheek suffered the injury just after the hour mark, despite only being introduced as a half-time substitute.
He was replaced by the club’s Academy Player of the Year, Conor Gallagher.
Chelsea were in the US for a charity friendly as part of their Say No To Antisemitism campaign.
Prior to the fixture, Sarri lauded the trip’s purpose, but conceded that he felt his men needed to rest.
Nevertheless, the Italian fielded a strong starting XI at the Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, where owner Roman Abramovich was in attendance on Wednesday night.
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Ross Barkley got Chelsea off to a rapid start with the first of two goals for the midfielder, finding the net in the third minute with a ball intercepted from a clearance effort by Revolution defender Jalil Anibaba.
Olivier Giroud put Chelsea up 2-0 just before the half-hour mark, heading a cross from Davide Zappacosta.
Sarri made six changes at half-time, among them bringing on Loftus-Cheek in place of Mateo Kovacic.
Barkley made it 3-0 for the visitors just after the hour, with New England managing to hold off Chelsea for the remainder of the match.