Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Combined XI: Chelsea vs. Arsenal

Sports Mole selects its strongest combined XI from the squads of Chelsea and Arsenal ahead of Wednesday’s Europa League final clash in Baku. For just the third time in UEFA Cup/ Europa League history, two English sides will face off against each other on Wednesday when Chelsea and Arsenal meet in the Baku final. The Blues finished two points better off than their London rivals in the Premier League and can be happier with their domestic campaign on the whole. Whereas Chelsea have the safety net of a Champions League berth already being secured for next season, Arsenal need to win this midweek tussle to achieve the aim set by Unai Emery when appointed last summer. Both teams have performed well on their way to the final, but something has to give on Wednesday. Here, Sports Mole select...

Preview: Chelsea vs. Arsenal – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Wednesday’s Europa League showdown between Chelsea and Arsenal in Baku, including team news and predicted lineups. Premier League rivals Chelsea and Arsenal face off in the 2019 Europa League final at the Baku Olympic Stadium in Azerbaijan on Wednesday evening. This is just the second all-English final in UEFA’s secondary competition, after Tottenham Hotspur against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the 1972 UEFA Cup, and is considered a make-or-break match for both sides. A fifth-placed league finish in Unai Emery‘s first campaign at the helm will only be considered a success if Arsenal come out on top in midweek, while Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has been under pressure all season long and could do with winning some silverware. Chelsea © Reuters All the ta...

Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante to miss Europa League final?

Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante will reportedly miss the Europa League final with Arsenal due to a knee injury. Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has reportedly suffered a knee injury ahead of Wednesday’s Europa League final with Arsenal. Kante missed the closing games of the Premier League campaign with a calf problem, but the France international had returned to training ahead of the showdown with the Gunners in Baku. However, according to The Mirror, Kante is now likely to miss the showpiece having sustained an issue with his knee on Saturday. The report suggests that Kante still needs to be assessed in the coming days, but it appears that Maurizio Sarri will be left with just three fit central midfielders. Ruben Loftus-Cheek has already been ruled out after Achilles sur...

Chelsea team news: Injury, suspension list vs. Arsenal

Sports Mole rounds up Chelsea’s latest injury and suspension news ahead of their Europa League final showdown with Arsenal. Chelsea are one game away from lifting the Europa League for the second time in two attempts as they take on domestic rivals Arsenal in the Baku final on May 29. The Blues finished third in the Premier League – an improvement on their fifth-place finish in Antonio Conte‘s final campaign at the helm – while also coming runners-up in the EFL Cup. Winning UEFA’s secondary competition for the second time in six years would therefore make this a positive first campaign in English football for Maurizio Sarri, even if he has so far failed to truly win over supporters. Here, Sports Mole has rounds up the West London outfit’s latest injury a...

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri ‘fuming’ over Ruben Loftus-Cheek injury

Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri is reportedly still ‘fuming’ over the serious Achilles injury sustained by Ruben Loftus-Cheek in a friendly fixture last week. Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri is reportedly still angry after Ruben Loftus-Cheek suffered a serious Achilles injury last week. The Blues travelled to the United States to play a Holocaust Memorial match against New England Revolution, despite having only just concluded their Premier League campaign. The club’s 3-0 victory was marred by Loftus-Cheek sustaining an Achilles injury, something which could keep the England international on the sidelines for the best part of a year. According to The Sun, Sarri has been left fuming behind the scenes, with Loftus-Cheek having been in line to start against Arsenal in th...

Ruben Loftus-Cheek ‘confused’ by Achilles injury

Chelsea midfielder vows to come back stronger after surgery. Ruben Loftus-Cheek has revealed his “confusion” at the prospect of facing as long as a year sidelined after Achilles surgery. The Chelsea midfielder ruptured his Achilles in Chelsea’s 3-0 charity friendly win at New England Revolution in Boston on Wednesday. The 23-year-old had only just started to get the better of long-term back spasms, and will now miss out on England’s Nations Cup campaign this summer. Thank you so much for your well wishes. 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/0hlcQp5iOM — Ruben Loftus-Cheek (@rubey_lcheek) May 17, 2019 Loftus-Cheek will miss Chelsea’s Europa League final clash with Arsenal in Baku on May 29 and the start of next term, but pledged to come back stronger after successful surgery. &...

Ruben Loftus-Cheek injury: Five other players to have suffered ruptured Achilles

The Chelsea and England midfielder was injured in a friendly. Chelsea and England midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek is facing a spell on the sidelines after rupturing his Achilles tendon during a friendly in the United States. Like his club and country team-mate Callum Hudson-Odoi, Loftus-Cheek will miss the Europa League showpiece and the Nations League finals. Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at five players who have suffered similar injuries and how they have fared afterwards. England midfielder David Beckham missed the 2010 World Cup through injury (Owen Humphreys/PA) England midfielder Beckham missed the 2010 World Cup in South Africa after tearing his Achilles while playing for AC Milan on loan from LA Galaxy. The then 34-year-old made a full recovery and played for another thr...

Chelsea confirm serious Ruben Loftus-Cheek injury

The 23-year-old will miss the Europa League final. Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has ruptured his Achilles tendon and will have surgery on Thursday night. The club announced that the England international suffered the injury during the 3-0 friendly win over New England Revolution in Boston on Wednesday. The 23-year-old will now miss the Europa League final with Arsenal, as well as England’s summer Nations League commitments. We’re all with you, @rubey_lcheek. — Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 16, 2019 With the Premier League season over and the Europa League final not until the end of the month, Chelsea were in America for a friendly to promote the club’s Say No To Antisemitism campaign. Prior to the fixture, manager Maurizio Sarri lauded the trip’s purpose, but...

Ruben Loftus-Cheek ‘demands more first-team football before signing contract’

Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek will reportedly not sign a new contract at Stamford Bridge until he is told that he will be used more regularly from next season. Ruben Loftus-Cheek is reportedly seeking assurances from Chelsea over more regular playing time before signing a new contract with the club. The England international started just six Premier League matches in 2018-19 and was used from the off in 17 matches in all competitions. Chelsea are rumoured to be keen to tie the 23-year-old down to a new long-term deal, with his current contract having just two more years left to run, but The Sun claims that Loftus-Cheek will not commit until he is told he is a genuine part of the Blues’ first-team plans. Loftus-Cheek feels he should have been used more regularly over the cours...

Preview: Leicester City vs. Chelsea – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Sunday’s Premier League clash between Leicester City and Chelsea, including team news and predicted lineups. Chelsea will be looking to guarantee themselves third position in the Premier League table when they travel to Leicester City on the final weekend of the 2018-19 campaign. The Blues have already secured a top-four position ahead of Week 38 in England’s top flight, but potentially need a win to claim third. Leicester, meanwhile, occupy ninth but can still finish above Everton in eighth. Leicester © Reuters Heading into the final weekend of the 2018-19 Premier League campaign, Leicester occupy ninth spot in the table. As mentioned, the Foxes could still finish above Everton in eighth, but Wolverhampton Wanderers have already secured their spot as ̵...

Result: Chelsea reach Europa League final with penalty-shootout win over Frankfurt

Chelsea defeat Eintracht Frankfurt in a penalty shootout to set up a showdown with Premier League rivals Arsenal in the Europa League final. Chelsea have held their nerve in a penalty shootout against Eintracht Frankfurt to earn a place in the Europa League final. Ruben Loftus-Cheek‘s opener on Thursday night was cancelled out by Luka Jovic, but neither side could add a decisive third goal which left the tie locked at 2-2 on aggregate. Cesar Azpilicueta‘s early miss in the shootout gifted the advantage to Frankfurt, but Kepa Arrizabalaga saved from Martin Hinteregger and Goncalo Paciencia to set up a showdown with city rivals Arsenal in the final later this month. Frankfurt created the first opportunity of the game in West London, but Jovic failed to get any power behind his fr...

Result: Chelsea reach Europa League final with penalty-shootout win

Chelsea defeat Eintracht Frankfurt in a penalty shootout to set up a showdown with Arsenal in the Europa League final. Chelsea have held their nerve in a penalty shootout against Eintracht Frankfurt to earn a place in the Europa League final. Ruben Loftus-Cheek‘s opener on Thursday night was cancelled out by Luka Jovic, but neither side could add a decisive third goal to leave the tie locked at 2-2 on aggregate. Cesar Azpilicueta‘s early miss in the shootout gifted the advantage to Frankfurt, but Kepa Arrizabalaga saved from Martin Hinteregger and Goncalo Paciencia to set up a showdown with city rivals Arsenal in the final later this month. Frankfurt created the first opportunity of the game in West London, but Luka Jovic failed to get any power behind his free header from by t...

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