ARMANDO BROJA has become the latest injury headache for Chelsea manager Graham Potter after picking up a knock while on international duty.
The Albania striker suffered an ankle injury in the 50th minute of The Eagles’ 3-1 defeat to Italy on Wednesday night.
AFPChelsea hitman Armando Broja was on international duty with Albania this week[/caption]
REUTERSBut the 21-year-old suffered an ankle injury in the 50th minute and had to be stretched off[/caption]
GettyThe Albanian in now one of EIGHT first-team Blues players who are crocked[/caption]
Broja took a heavy knock to his ankle and ended up being carried off the pitch to receive further treatment.
Broja is one EIGHT first-team Blues players currently in the treatment room.
Ben Chilwell, N’Golo Kante, Reece James, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Carney Chukwuemeka, Wesley Fofana and Kepa Arrizabalaga are all crocked.
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Frenchman Kante, however, is in contention to return to the squad after the World Cup-inforced international break.
Broja’s unfortunate injury came days after Albania chief Edoardo Reja called on Blues boss Potter to play the forward more.
He told TMW: “He has great potential.
“He is a strong player, tall, he has technique and great speed, when he starts running you don’t catch him.
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“He must improve at second balls because when the action is over, he doesn’t help much.
“From this point of view, this year he is doing a little better.
“But certainly the fact he plays 20 or at most 30 minutes does not help him.
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“Especially Napoli wanted him. [Sporting director, Cristiano] Giuntoli was interested, he also spoke to me.
“But he wanted to stay at Chelsea, who then also renewed his contract.”