The midfielder left the stadium on crutches after suffering what appeared an ankle problem after coming on as a half-time substitute
Chelsea midfielderÂ Ruben Loftus-Cheek appears to be a major doubt for the Europa League final after heÂ was injured in the club's 3-0 friendly win over the New England Revolution.
The 23-year-old was attempting to bring theÂ ball down between two Revolution players in the middle of the pitch when he went to ground clutching his ankle.
He had only been introduced as a substitute at half-time as Maurizio Sarri made a host of changes at the interval at the Gillette StadiumÂ inÂ Foxborough, but the England international lasted just 22 minutes before going down with the injury.
The midfielder had to leave the stadium on crutches, fuelling suggestions that he will not be ready to race Arsenal in Baku on May 29.Â
Loftus-Cheek has had a breakout season for the Blues and scored for the club in the second leg of their Europa League semi-final tie against Eintracht Frankfurt - a game they would dramatically win on penalties. Â
Following that match, in which the midfielder was substituted to a chorus of boos from the Premier League club's supporters, he backed his manager's decision, telling reporters: "I've played a lot in these last few weeks, more than I've done in my career.
"So I think I have to pay attention to my body and take care of myself because I don't want another injury."Â
Chelsea picked aÂ strong line-up for the post-season charity match against New England, with the 'Final Whistle on Hate' gameÂ expected to raise over $4 million to benefit organizations geared toward fighting racism in sports.Â Â
Ruben Loftus-Cheek on crutches after suffering a leg injury in Chelseaâ€™s match vs. the New England Revolution tonight. #cfc pic.twitter.com/okxLi2XgL6
Eden Hazard, Pedro, David Luiz, Ross Barkley,Â JorginhoÂ andÂ Olivier GiroudÂ were among the starters, withÂ Gonzalo HiguaÃn, Loftus-Cheek, Willian andÂ Cesar Azpilicueta all coming on at the break. Â
The Blues would go on to claim a comfortable 3-0 win, with England midfielder Barkley opening the scoring just three minutes in. Â
A diving header from Giroud made it 2-0 before the break before Barkley rounded off the scoring just after the hour mark. Â
But, with the match meaning little to either side in competitive terms, both clubs would have hoped to have avoidedÂ any injury issues.
Blues fans will now beÂ desperatelyÂ hoping that the injury sustained byÂ Loftus-Cheek is not as serious as it seems, with just under two weeks to go until the showpiece meeting with the Gunners in Azerbaijan.