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Chelsea suffer huge injury blow ahead of Europa League final with Arsenal


Ruben Loftus-Cheek limped off with a suspected ankle injury during Chelsea’s 3-0 friendly win over New England Revolution, making him a huge doubt for the Europa League final later this month.

The England midfielder appeared to catch his foot in the patchy turf in the second half at the Gillette Stadium and twisted at an awkward angle.

He was ultimately unable to carry on and was helped off the pitch by the Chelsea physios, with Maurizio Sarri’s pre-match worries appearing to become a reality.

Loftus-Cheek was later seen on crutches and wearing a protective boot, raising fears he will be out of action for the Blues’ European showdown against Arsenal .

Indeed, Sarri will be hugely concerned by Loftus-Cheek’s injury, given the midfielder appeared in pain, immediately raising his concerns on the pitch and he winced as he was helped off the pitch.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek appeared to catch his foot in the patchy turf

Chelsea were in the US for a charity friendly as part of the club’s 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 11 at the Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, where owner Roman Abramovich was in attendance on Wednesday night.

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.

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Loftus-Cheek received immediate medical attention but was unable to continue

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, though celebrations were short-lived after Loftus-Cheek went to ground with an apparent injury minutes later.

After being helped away from the pitch, he was replaced by Chelsea Academy Player of the Year Conor Gallagher.

The England midfielder was helped off the pitch

New England managed to hold off Chelsea for the rest of the match, including an attempt by Pedro from outside the box in the closing stages.

Chelsea will play Arsenal for the Europa League title in Baku on May 29. Prior to the New England friendly, Sarri had voiced concerns over the timing of the trip to the US.

“We go there for a good reason I think, so as a man I am very happy to go there,” he said.

“As a coach, of course, I am a little bit worried because I know very well that the team now needs rest. So it is not the best way to prepare for the final, I think.”

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