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Loftus-Cheek out for 6 months

Ruben Loftus-Cheek has been ruled out of action for six months after rupturing his Achilles tendon playing in a charity friendly match in the United States.

That means that he will miss not only the Europa League final and England’s Nations League finals, but also the start of next season as well.

The 23-year old midfielder was playing for Chelsea in the “Final Whistle on Hate” friendly with New England Revolution, a charity match designed to raise funds and awareness to combat hate crime.

He collapsed on the ground in agony during the second half of the match played on an artificial pitch, and later had surgery on his left Achilles tendon.

For the record, Chelsea won the match 3 – 0, which raised more than £3 million in funds.  Ross Barkley scored twice either side of an effort from Olivier Giroud. However, the cost to club and player could be considerably more than that.

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