Ruben Loftus-Cheek looked set to make his first competitive start under Maurizio Sarri against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday, but according to the Daily Telegraph’s Matt Law, that is not going to be possible. RLC has been ruled out with an unspecified ailment, one that he has been battling since last week.
The report does not specify what the ailment may be, but it was apparently bad enough that Loftus-Cheek had to visit a “consultant” over the weekend, who administered some sort of injection. The injury had already kept RLC rooted to the bench against PAOK, deemed not fit enough to actually make an appearance. It’s a different injury than the one he had picked up while away on England duty during the September international break, making it the latest in a long line of recurring and brand new ailments that he’s had to deal with over the years.
This current unspecified injury is expected to keep him out for ‘around a week’, which rules him out of Wednesday’s Carabao Cup match against Liverpool and probably rules him out of the Premier League match against the same opposition three days later. This setback comes at the worst possible time (for both Chelsea and RLC), especially if it also keeps him out from the Europa League match against Hungarian champions Vidi next Thursday.
Get well soon, Rubes!