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Chelsea's Ruben Loftus-Cheek set to miss Europa League final with injury


Loftus-Cheek, a half-time substitute at the Gillette Stadium, which was attended by Roman Abramovich, fell awkwardly within 20 minutes of his introduction in the visitors’ 3-0 win and was left in clear agony.


He was helped back to the dressing room for further treatment by two of the medical staff, and departed the stadium on crutches and wearing a protective boot on his left foot, returning to the team’s base in a car, away from his teammates.


While supportive of the good intentions around the friendly fixture, which raised around £3.1m to combat discrimination, with around 27,000 attending the match, Sarri had been unconvinced as to the timing of a game tagged on to a draining season.


Chelsea face Arsenal in Baku on 29 May, and the Italian had hoped his players might benefit from a more prolonged rest rather than flying immediately to the United States upon the conclusion of the Premier League campaign.


The midfielder has enjoyed the best form of his Chelsea career since overcoming the latest bout of back trouble and has been a driving force over recent weeks and contributed 10 goals in all competitions.


Photograph: Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images The game against Arsenal is likely to be Gonzalo Higuaín’s final appearance in a Chelsea shirt, with the club having decided not to trigger an option to extend his loan or make his move from Juventus permanent.






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