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New England Revolution 0-3 Chelsea: Ross Barkley grabs brace – but Blues suffer injury blow

Chelsea cruised to a comfortable win over New England Revolution at the Gillette Stadium but the encounter was overshadowed by an injury to Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Ross Barkley was the star of the show in Boston, grabbing a brace while Olivier Giroud was also on target in the 3-0 triumph.

However, Maurizio Sarri will be hugely concerned by Loftus-Cheek’s injury, which could rule him out of the Europa League final with Arsenal on May 29.

Manager Sarri made five changes to his starting line-up for Chelsea’s friendly, which was titled the ‘Final Whistle on Hate’ and was part of the club’s ‘Say No To Antisemitism’ campaign.

Ross Barkley starred for Chelsea


Eden Hazard and Giroud returned in attack, while Mateo Kovacic featureed in midfield and Andreas Christensen was back in defence.

Kepa Arrizabalaga in goal completed the alterations to the squad, which was markedly strong for the exhibition match – and that proved the case.

Barkley got Chelsea off to a rapid start, finding the goal in the third minute with a cool finish into the corner from inside the box.

Willian in action against New England Revolution

Eden Hazard, who could leave Chelsea this summer, played in the match


Giroud, whose future at Stamford Bridge remains uncertain, made it 2-0, scoring a diving header in the 31st minute.

Barkley added another in the 62nd minute, although celebrations were short-lived after Loftus-Cheek went to ground with an apparent injury soon after play resumed.

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The England midfielder appeared to catch his foot in the patchy turf and twisted at an awkward angle, ultimately unable to carry on and was helped off the pitch by the Chelsea physios.

New England Revolution and Chelsea players pose for pictures prior to the friendly match

Conor Gallagher came on for Loftus-Cheek, who had only been on the pitch since half-time, while Reece James and Trevoh Chalobah were also handed run-outs in the final quarter of an hour.

Loftus-Cheek was later seen leaving the stadium on crutches and wearing a protective boot, a huge concern for the Blues ahead of their final in Baku.

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