Chelsea’s ‘friendly’ victory against New England Revolution in the United States on Wednesday, well-intended or not, has likely proven to be very costly ahead of the Europa League final against Arsenal.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek was pictured on crutches after the game with a suspected Achilles injury that will almost certainly rule him out of the Europa League final in Baku.
The Guardian even report there are suggestions that the injury in Boston could put the England international on the shelf until next season – a blow to the club’s hopes in Baku and also to England who were set to name him in the squad for the Nations League.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek leaves the Gillette Stadium on crutches, and wearing a protective boot.
This is dreadful to see. pic.twitter.com/9M3oiwhhft
— Dan Levene (@danlevene) May 16, 2019
The Chelsea midfielder came on at half-time in the ‘friendly’, lasting just 20 minutes before an awkward turn on his ankle ended his night prematurely. Loftus-Cheek was helped to the locker room by medical staff and was pictured on crutches and a protective boot – not good imagery with less than two weeks until the final.
It’s reported that the match raised over £3 million for a good cause and the purpose of the game can’t be questioned, however the timing can.