It has been confirmed that Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has been ruled out for the Blues’ Europa League final against Arsenal after suffering a ruptured Achilles during a friendly this Wednesday.
The England midfielder was seen using crutches and wearing a protective boot after leaving the pitch with pain during Chelsea’s 3-0 victory over New England Revolution in Boston in a charity match.
An official from the club reads: ‘Ruben Loftus-Cheek has seen a specialist today (Thursday) and will have surgery on his ruptured Achilles’ tendon this evening. The Chelsea midfielder left the pitch during the second half of yesterday’s game in Boston, USA.’
The 23-year-old star has turned himself into an influential member of Maurizio Sarri’s side for the last months and news of his injury has come at the worst possible time for the player and Maurizio Sarri.
Europa League final on May 29 is not the only match Loftus-Cheek will miss. He will also be absent for England’s UEFA Nations League semi-final clash against the Netherlands on June 6 as well as the final a few days later should they make it.
England head coach Gareth Southgate confirmed that Loftus-Cheek would have been in his squad, saying: ‘I went to bed last night and Ruben’s in the squad and playing brilliantly. ‘He misses now a major European final and a brilliant opportunity for us.’
It is believed that the English midfielder is likely to face between six months and a year on the sidelines.