Chelsea striker Armando Broja will miss the rest of the season with an ACL injury; the 21-year-old ruptured his ACL during a 1-0 friendly loss to Aston Villa last week; Broja requires surgery
Wednesday 14 December 2022 13:28, UK
Chelsea forward Armando Broja will miss the remainder of the 2022/23 season after suffering an ACL injury during a mid-season tour of Dubai.
The 21-year-old, who has made 12 competitive appearances this season, sustained the injury in a 1-0 friendly defeat to Aston Villa in Abu Dhabi on Monday.
Chelsea said in a statement: "Having sustained a knee injury during the first half of Sunday's friendly against Aston Villa, Armando underwent further assessment following the club's return to England.
"Scan results from those assessments have unfortunately confirmed an anterior cruciate ligament rupture and that surgery will be required.
"Following the operation, Armando will work closely with the club's medical department during his rehabilitation and is expected to miss the remainder of the 2022/23 campaign."
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, N'Golo 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.
December 27 - Premier League, Bournemouth (H), 5.30pm kick-off
January 1 - Premier League, Nottingham Forest (A), live on Sky Sports, 4.30pm kick-off
January 5 - Premier League, Manchester City (H), live on Sky Sports, 8pm kick-off
January 8 - FA Cup third round, Manchester City (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