the chilling cries of Broja, victim of a serious knee injury

Lined up at the forefront of the Chelsea Blues attack on Sunday in a friendly against Aston Villa, Armando Broja seriously injured his right knee. The Albanian collapsed to the ground after poor contact between an opponent and the ground.

The image and the cries of pain of Armando Broja, Sunday evening during the friendly match between Chelsea and Aston Villa (0-1), sent shivers down the spine. On an action that seemed innocuous, the 22-year-old Albanian striker collapsed on the lawn of the Al-Nahyan stadium in Abu Dhabi, where the English club is currently preparing the rest of its season. Hit in the right knee, the Blues player saw his teammates but also his opponents rush to his bedside.

When pressing on a Villa defender, Broja saw his knee drop, seeming to lock in contact with the opposing player but also in contact with the ground. A necessarily worrying injury which required an evacuation on a stretcher for the one who has played 18 games (one goal) in all competitions with Chelsea since the start of the current financial year.

« We’re wishing for the best »

After the meeting, his trainer Graham Potter was not really reassuring about his state of health, while specifying that additional examinations still had to be carried out. « Unfortunately he got his leg locked in a duel. It’s still too early to know what happened to him but it’s worrying. It was an unfortunate action, I believe he was caught between the opposing player and the ground. We keep our fingers crossed. »

The Blues will return to the Premier League on December 27 at home against Bournemouth (17th day). The sequence also promises to be salty for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s teammates with a trip to Nottingham Forest (January 1) but above all a double confrontation against Manchester City (January 5 in the Premier League and January 8 in the FA Cup).

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