Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Chelsea dealt hammer Loftus-Cheek injury blow ahead of Arsenal

Chelsea’s friendly meeting with the New England Revolution in the early hours of this morning saw the Blues dealt an absolutely devastating blow on the injury-front.

Chelsea comfortable victors

Maurizio Sarri’s men travelled to the United States for a charity-based meeting with MLS outfit New England Revolution.

The clash was set up in a bid to raise funds for Anti-Semitic Foundations around the world.

As per ESPN:

‘The match raised more than $4 million, with Roman Abramovich and Revolution owner Robert Kraft each personally donating $1 million to the cause.’

The matchup itself saw a strong Chelsea side, including the likes of David Luiz and Eden Hazard, eventually brush the hosts aside to emerge with a 3-0 victory.

Ross Barkley bagged a brace for the Blues, with Olivier Giroud having also been on target.

RLC blow

An otherwise comfortable day’s work for Chelsea, however, was soured in a major way by a serious injury picked up by Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

After being introduced as a half-time substitute, the English midfielder lasted just over 20 minutes before an awkward turn of his left foot saw Loftus-Cheek left grounded in clear agony on the Gillette Stadium turf.

Chelsea’s physio team subsequently helped the 23-year-old off the pitch, before he was immediately ushered down the tunnel for further treatment.

And, in a nightmare update for the Premier League giants, the severity of Loftus-Cheek’s injury has since been confirmed.

As per the reliable Nizaar Kinsella, the Blues’ star has ruptured his achilles tendon:

Chelsea vs Arsenal

While an exact time-frame has yet to be revealed for Loftus-Cheek’s recovery, he is obviously set to miss Chelsea’s Europa League meeting with Arsenal at the end of the month, as well as a significant chunk of next season.

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