Chelsea Head Coach Graham Potter suffered a serious setback when striker Armando Broja picked up a serious injury in Abu Dhabi. The Blues are currently in the United Arab Emirates for some warm-weather training as they prepare for the resumption of the Premier League in two weeks’ time.
They took on Aston Villa in their first friendly game at the Al Nahyan Stadium. Unai Emery’s men raced to an early 1-0 lead courtesy of a John McGinn strike. Chelsea’s problems went from bad to worse when young striker Broja went down clutching his knee and screaming in pain. He had to stretchered off the pitch with Dion Rankine taking his place.
Dr Rajpal Brar, a sports scientist and physical movement doctor has claimed that the injury could possibly be an anterior cruciate ligament injury with the 18-year-old now facing a long time out.
Speaking after the match, Potter claimed that it doesn’t ‘look positive.’ “It was an unfortunate action, he got caught with their player in the ground. It does not look positive at the moment but it’s too early to say. We have our fingers crossed but it’s an awkward one,” as quoted by Goal. Broja’s injury leaves Chelsea with only two strikers ahead of a busy schedule. Chelsea lost the game 1-0 after fielding largely a reserve team. Apart from Broja, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Jorginho and Marc Cucurella were the only members of the first team. Trevoh Chalobah was an unused substitute.