It has been confirmed that Chelsea striker Armando Broja has torn his ACL and is ruled out until the end of the season at the earliest, after suffering an injury during the friendly defeat to Aston Villa in Abu Dhabi.
The 21-year-old suffered the injury when he went into a tackle with Villa defender Ezri Konsa, which saw him drop down in agony whilst clutching his knee. Coach Graham Potter had claimed that the injury did not look good and scans have confirmed that he is set to be out for an extended period of time. He is scheduled to undergo surgery, before resuming rehabilitation.
The striker had enjoyed an encouraging start to his Chelsea career, having scored his first goal and earned his place as a regular under Graham Potter. Broja has made 18 appearances this season, bringing in plenty of energy and pace from the bench and started the blues’ final two games against Manchester City and Newcastle before the World Cup break.
Broja though remains positive that the injury is only a minor setback in his career, and in an Instagram post, he wrote about being devastated and also talked about his determination to come back even stronger and better than before.
With the young striker suffering a long-term injury, West London is bound to dip into their pockets and go all out for a new striker in January, with a host of names being mentioned. Rafael Leao seems to be the one atop their transfer wish list.