Europa League Final: Ruben Loftus-Cheek injured in preparatory friendly
Written by: Tushaar Sachdeva
Elsewhere, The Blues are reportedly not keen to extend Gonzalo Higuain's stay at the club.
Premier League club, Chelsea FC played a friendly against the New England Revolution in Boston for the 'Say No To Anti-Semitism' campaign on Wednesday. Maurizio Sarri fielded his strongest in bid to prepare for their UEFA Europa League final on 29th May. A brace from Ross Barkley and a strike from Olivier Giroud sealed the win for the Blues.
But, the game did not go as planned for the Italian tactician. Ruben Loftus-Cheek limped off with a suspected ankle injury during the game, handing a major blow for the Europa League title. The England midfielder had to be helped away from the pitch after going down in the second half and was later seen on crutches.
Loftus-Cheek had come on as a second-half substitute for Mateo Kovacic.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek is a doubt for the Europa League final after suffering an ankle injury during Chelsea's friendly with New England Revolution.— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) May 16, 2019
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Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri visibly upset as starting CM Loftus Cheek limps off friendly vs. NE Revs in USA.
Sarri throws his jacket in anger, and was furious for most of 2nd half.
Chelsea play Arsenal in the Europa Final in 2 weeks. RLC feared to tear Achilles. pic.twitter.com/AGTycHU3hw
Prior to the game, Sarri was sceptical with the timing and essence of the game.
"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.”
Another update from Chelsea is coming that the club has rejected to offer any contract to Gonzalo Higuain as well. The Argentine will head back to Juventus after his loan move in London.
Chelsea will NOT extend the loan of Gonzalo Higuain and will send him back to Juventus. They will exercise their option on Giroud instead [Mail] pic.twitter.com/r75IqZsSjJ— Chelsea Blues (@Chelsblues211) May 16, 2019
Published: Thu May 16, 2019 03:18 PM IST