CHELSEA are growing fearful that Ruben Loftus-Cheek will be out for some time after picking up an Achilles injury.
The midfielder has struggled with injuries all season and he’s set for yet another spell on the sidelines.
Loftus-Cheek ruptured his Achilles early this morning as Chelsea played New England Revolution in a post-season friendly in Boston.
It’s the same injury that ended Callum Hudson-Odoi’s season but there are fears that it could be even more serious.
Loftus-Cheek will miss the Europa League final against Arsenal in two weeks’ time, as well as England’s Nations League campaign.
The healing time for a ruptured Achilles is generally six months, meaning the 23-year-old will definitely miss the start of next season.
However, according to The Sun, if Chelsea’s worst fears are realised then he could be out for up to a year.
The news is a cruel blow for Loftus-Cheek, who has forced his way into Maurizio Sarri’s plans after struggling for minutes at the start of the season.
The England international rejected loan moves last summer and vowed to stay and fight for his place.
“There’s no reason why I should think about leaving Chelsea.”
Chelsea star Ruben Loftus-Cheek
And with a transfer ban looming, Chelsea could be unable to replace him during the window.
Loftus-Cheek lasted just 15 minutes after coming on for the second half of Chelsea’s 3-0 win over the American side.
He went down in agony after appearing to catch his foot in the grass at an awkward angle.
The academy product was seen leaving the stadium on crutches and wearing a protective boot.
Loftus-Cheek is currently negotiating a new contract at Chelsea and recently revealed he has no intention of leaving the club.
He said: “I’m not sure, I let my agent deal with it. I’m not thinking about that right now.
“It’s important for me to focus on the here and now, and I’m playing right now.
“It’s looking good so there’s no reason why I should think about leaving Chelsea.”