Chelsea striker Armando Broja is ruled out for the SEASON after rupturing his cruciate ligament in a mid-World Cup break friendly, leaving them a forward light while Cristiano Ronaldo lurks as a free agent
- Armando Broja ruptured a cruciate ligament in Sunday’s pre-season friendly
- The Albanian forward will be out of action until the end of the 2022-23 campaign
- The 21-year-old had a scan on Monday morning after returning to England
- Cristiano Ronaldo – linked with the Blues over summer – is now a free agent
Armando Broja will miss the rest of the season and is set for surgery after discovering he suffered a cruciate ligament injury against Aston Villa.
Chelsea striker Broja was taken off on a stretcher after hurting his right knee in an innocuous challenge on Villa defender Ezri Konsa during the Abu Dhabi friendly.
Broja’s audible screams of pain increased concerns he suffered a serious setback and those fears have been confirmed following checks on his injured knee.
Armando Broja is out until the end of the season after suffering a knee injury against Aston Villa
The Albanian forward was taken off on a stretcher and was seen clutching his right knee
Broja had a scan on Monday following his return to England to reveal the full extent of the injury.
He is now preparing to have an operation to repair the damage and the success of that and how he responds will influence the length of his lay-off.
A six-month spell on the sidelines is considered a realistic period out of action which would allow Broja able to return in pre-season with a period of nine up to 12 months the worst case scenario.
It was confirmed that Broka will miss at least the rest of the season with the injury to his right knee