Chelsea striker Armando Broja’s appearance for Albania last night was cut short as he was forced off early in the second half.

His side fell to a 3-1 defeat to Italy in an international friendly, however the main concern for the Blues will be the sight of an ice pack on his ankle.

The injury comes on the same day an interview with the Albanian football president came to light, where he claimed the 21-year-old should move clubs in order to get the most minutes possible.

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In truth, it has been a rough first season at Stamford Bridge for Broja.

After impressing at Southampton in regular starts, he has only begun the game on two occasions for the Blues.

He was seemingly not trusted by former manager Thomas Tuchel. Rumours of an exit from the club didn’t disappear until he left the club.

Broja injured for Albania

In his pair of starts, Broja particularly impressed against Brentford, where his pace caused a real issue to the likes of Ben Mee at the back.

The striker may have been hoping to use this international fixture as an opportunity to build form before the Blues’ warm weather training camp scheduled for during this break for the World Cup.

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With Albania not qualifying for the tournament, he will be alongside the likes of Trevoh Chalobah and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who had to miss out on the tournament after not being selected.

A few weeks working under Graham Potter without a game interrupting things every three days should be beneficial to the first team squad, especially those on the fringe looking to show they can do more.

This sums up Broja well, although the extent of this injury suffered on international duty is not yet revealed.

Jack is a writer for The Chelsea Chronicle. He has been a part of GRV Media since June 2022. He has a First Class Honours degree in Football Journalism from the University of Derby, graduating in 2021. Jack has experience working freelance for The Sun and The Athletic, whilst also being published for the Non-League Paper and reporting for Burton Albion's academy side. He is a lifelong Chelsea fan and will debate with anyone about everything and anything football related. He also holds a passion for gaming and music, and thinks he knows every word to every Oasis song ever released