Chelsea forward Armando Broja could be out for the rest of the season after rupturing the ACL in his right knee.
The striker requires surgery and faces a lengthy period of rehabilitation on the joint.
Broja sustained the injury in a 1-0 friendly defeat to Aston Villa in Abu Dhabi on Monday. The 21-year-old has made 12 competitive appearances this season.
After he was stretchered off, manager Graham Potter said: “It doesn’t look positive at the moment, but it is too early to say.
“Fingers crossed, but it is an awkward one.”
It is another injury blow for Chelsea, who had a raft of players out before the World Cup, and for Broja in his breakthrough season in the first-team.
Kepa Arrizabalaga, Reece James, Ben Chilwell, Wesley Fofana, Ngolo Kante and Ruben Loftus-Cheek have all been stepping up their returns while at the team’s training camp in Dubai this month, although some are closer than others to a return.
More to follow.
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