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Chelsea suffer a major Ruben Loftus-Cheek injury blow

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek is a major doubt for Chelsea’s Europa League final against Arsenal after suffering an ankle injury in a friendly.

Chelsea were in action on Wednesday at the Gillette Stadium in Massachusetts to take on New England Revolution in a friendly, despite manager Maurizio Sarri’s obvious disapproval.

Star men Eden Hazard, David Luiz, Marcos Alonso, Pedro and Ross Barkley all started for the match as Chelsea made light work of New England in the United States.

It took Barkley just three minutes to break the deadlock before Olivier Giroud doubled Chelsea’s lead by heading in Davide Zappacosta’s cross in the 29th-minute.

Sarri then introduced six changes to his line-up during half-time. Willy Caballero replaced Kepa Arrizabalaga in goal, while Emerson and Cesar Azpilicueta came on for Alonso and Andreas Christensen respectively.

On the other hand, Gonzalo Higuain was brought on for Giroud and Loftus-Cheek substituted Mateo Kovacic.

But the latter only lasted for 24 minutes after going down from a challenge and being left in obvious discomfort.

Sky Sports reported that Loftus-Cheek had awkwardly twisted his foot on the uneven pitch surface and had to leave on crutches and with a protective boot on his left foot.

The ankle injury will have come as a major blow for Chelsea as London rivals Arsenal await them in the Europa League final on May 29 in Baku. No updates have been given on Loftus-Cheek’s condition yet.

The injury will have come as a very unwelcome setback for Loftus-Cheek, who had begun to insert himself into the Chelsea line-up. He even recently opened up on taking precautions to not get injured.

“I’ve played a lot in these last few weeks, more than I’ve done in my career,” said the midfielder after Chelsea’s Europa League semi-final win over Eintracht Frankfurt.

“So I think I have to pay attention to my body and take care of myself, because I don’t want another injury.”

Loftus-Cheek’s injury set-up an uncomfortable ending for the Blues, who defeated New England 3-0 after Barkley scored again in the second half.