Angry fans blast Chelsea over Loftus-Cheek injury amid fears he will miss Arsenal clash in Europa League final

Chelsea have left their fans angry following the injury picked up by English midfielder, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, during the 3-0 win over Major League Soccer side, New England Revolution, in a friendly match played in the United States on Wednesday night.

Goals from Olivier Giroud and Ross Barkley with a strike in each half saw the Blues overcome their American hosts in the ‘Final Whistle on Hate’ match organised to raise money to help organisations fighting anti-Semitism and discrimination across the world.

But the encounter, coming two weeks before the Europa League final clash later in May, was marred by the injury picked up by Loftus-Cheek as he is now expected to miss the showdown in Baku and possibly spend as much as nine months on the sidelines having reportedly ruptured his achilles tendon.

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Despite not featuring much in the first half of the season, Loftus-Cheek has grown in stature during the closing months of the campaign, starting six of the Blues’ last seven Premier League matches as well as scoring in the second leg of their Europa League semi-final win over Eintracht Frankfurt.

Thus, the news comes as a major blow to Chelsea boss, Maurizio Sarri, as the Italian will now be without Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi who also suffered a ruptured achilles tendon recently. Sarri is now left with three fully-fit midfielders to pick from.

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And such a situation has left Chelsea fans angry at the club over the decision to even play a friendly match with a Europa League final still to prepare for. The fans vented their frustration directly at the club on social media.

Loftus-Cheek’s injury all but confirms Ross Barkley’s place in the match against Arsenal, with N’Golo Kante also a major doubt.

The friendly match was tagged a disgrace by a number of fans, with some wondering why it would be scheduled not long before the Europa League final.

Considered the heir to Chelsea talisman, Eden Hazard, should the Belgium international leave the club this summer or at any time in the future, injury to Loftus-Cheek is considered a big blow to Chelsea’s chance of winning the Europa League.

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What are your thoughts over this matter? Will Loftus-Cheek’s injury be a major blow to Chelsea’s chances of winning the Europa League?

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