Ruben Loftus-Cheek could miss Europa League final after injuring ankle

Paola Ditto
Mag 16, 2019

The 23-year-old went down clutching his left ankle in the first half of Chelsea's 3-0 win over New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is a doubt for the Europa League final after suffering an ankle injury during Chelsea's friendly with New England Revolution.

Loftus-Cheek has established himself as a key member of the head coach's midfield in recent months, helping them to third place in the Premier League and the final against the Gunners.

"So I think I have to pay attention to my body and take care of myself because I don't want another injury".

Eden Hazard, Pedro, David Luiz, Ross Barkley, Jorginho and Olivier Giroud were among the starters, with Gonzalo Higuaín, Loftus-Cheek, Willian and Cesar Azpilicueta all coming on at the break.

The match raised more than $4 million for projects aimed at tackling anti-Semitism around the world, with Abramovich and Revolution owner Robert Kraft each personally donating $1 million to the cause.

The Blues would go on to claim a comfortable 3-0 win, with England midfielder Barkley opening the scoring just three minutes in.

Barkley scored in the third minute before Giroud headed in Davide Zappacosta's cross just prior to the half-hour mark as Chelsea outclassed the MLS outfit.

But, with the match meaning little to either side in competitive terms, both clubs would have hoped to have avoided any injury issues.

The final minutes were marred by concern over Loftus-Cheek's injury, but Chelsea academy prospects Conor Gallagher, Reece James and Trevoh Chalobah were brought on by Sarri as his team coasted to the final whistle.

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