Chelsea won their friendly match 3-0 against New England Revolution in the Unites States in the early hours of Thursday morning, but unfortunately it was overshadowed by an injury to Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
The Blues took part in the ‘Final Whistle on Hate’ charity match, with Ross Barkley (two) and Olivier Giroud on the scoresheet.
Maurizio Sarri used the majority of his squad with one eye on the Europa League final against Arsenal, but was a dealt a major blow.
Loftus-Cheek entered the action for the second-half and didn’t last long before he was forced off through injury.
He was pictured on crutches wearing a protective boot after the match and the club are yet to confirm the severity of his injury, but the reports aren’t looking positive.
According to the Sun, the 23-year-old has a rusted Achilles that will definitely rule him out of the Europa league final and the start of next season.
The report details that the central midfielder could face at least six months on the sidelines and the worst case scenario is he’s out for a year.
Chelsea fans can only cross their fingers that the injury isn’t too bad and that he can make a speed recovery, but are facing an anxious wait to find out from the club.
Loftus-Cheek was just beginning to find his top form at Stamford Bridge and it’s a nightmare if he faces a long spell on the sidelines.
He’s been one of the shining lights this campaign and only appeared to be going from strength to strength ahead of next year.
The powerhouse midfielder has 10 goals and five assists in 40 games this season across all competitions, but he could be back at square one if the injury is serious.