Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek injury doubt for Europa League final against Arsenal


Sarri was concerned about playing the game before Chelsea flew to Boston (Picture: AP)

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is a doubt for Chelsea’s Europa League final against Arsenal after limping off during a friendly victory over New England Revolution.

Chelsea took on the MLS side in a post-season game in Boston, winning 3-0, with Maurizio Sarri raising concerns about playing the match so close to the final in Baku.

And it appears Sarri’s worst fears have been realised as Loftus-Cheek hobbled off with an ankle injury.

Loftus-Cheek twisted his ankle in the lumpy pitch at the Gillette Stadium, going off in the second half.

The Englishman has been a vital performer in Chelsea’s Europa League campaign and could now miss the final.

Loftus-Cheek was pictured leaving the stadium on crutches, with his foot in a protective boot.

Sarri praised the friendly’s purpose after the game, as the Blues were in America as part of their ‘Say No To Antisemitism’ campaign.

Loftus-Cheek appeared to suffer an ankle injury (Picture: AP)

The Italian fielded a strong line-up, but again admitted the fixture was far from ideal with the Europa League final at the end of the month.

He said: ‘Travelling so far away and returning Friday morning before a Sunday match is tough.’

Ross Barkley scored a brace in the comfortable victory, with Olivier Giroud grabbing Chelsea’s second of the game.

Sarri made six changes at half-time, with Loftus-Cheek one of the players to come off the bench.

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