Loftus-Cheek a Europa League final doubt as he suffers injury in Chelsea’s friendly win over New England
Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek appears to be a major doubt for the Europa League final after he was injured in the club’s 3-0 friendly win over the New England Revolution.
The 23-year-old was attempting to bring the ball down between two Revolution players in the middle of the pitch when he went to ground clutching his ankle.
He had only been introduced as a substitute at half-time as Maurizio Sarri made a host of changes at the interval at the Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, but the England international lasted just 22 minutes before going down with the injury.
The midfielder had to leave the stadium on crutches, fuelling suggestions that he will not be ready to race Arsenal in Baku on May 29.
Loftus-Cheek has had a breakout season for the Blues and scored for the club in the second leg of their Europa League semi-final tie against Eintracht Frankfurt – a game they would dramatically win on penalties.
Following that match, in which the midfielder was substituted to a chorus of boos from the Premier League club’s supporters, he backed his manager’s decision, telling reporters: “I’ve played a lot in these last few weeks, more than I’ve done in my career.
“So I think I have to pay attention to my body and take care of myself because I don’t want another injury.”