Chelsea striker Armando Broja could possibly be out for the remainder of the season after rupturing the ACL in his proper knee.
The 21-year-old requires surgical procedure and faces a prolonged interval of rehabilitation on the joint.
Broja, who has made 12 aggressive appearances this season, sustained the damage in a 1-0 pleasant defeat to Aston Villa in Abu Dhabi on Monday.
After he was stretchered off, head coach Graham Potter stated: “It would not look constructive in the meanwhile, however it’s too early to say.
“Fingers crossed, however it’s a clumsy one.”
It’s one other damage blow for Chelsea, who had a raft of gamers out earlier than the World Cup, and for Broja in his breakthrough season within the first crew.
Kepa Arrizabalaga, Reece James, Ben Chilwell, Wesley Fofana, N’Golo Kante and Ruben Loftus-Cheek have all been stepping up their returns whereas on the crew’s coaching camp in Dubai this month, though some are nearer than others to a return.
Chelsea’s subsequent seven video games
December 27 – Premier League, Bournemouth (H), 5.30pm kick-off
January 1 – Premier League, Nottingham Forest (A), reside on Sky Sports activities, 4.30pm kick-off
January 5 – Premier League, Manchester Metropolis (H), reside on Sky Sports activities, 8pm kick-off
January 8 – FA Cup third spherical, Manchester Metropolis (A), 4.30pm kick-off
January 12 – Premier League, Fulham (A), 8pm kick-off
January 15 – Premier League, Crystal Palace (H), 2pm kick-off
January 21 – Premier League, Liverpool (A), 12.30pm kick-off
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