Triple injury blow which could hinder Chelsea’s Europa League hopes against Arsenal

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Europe’s second biggest international club competition. When:Wednesday 29 May, 20:00 BST (23:00 local). Where: Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan

The Europa League final is just one week away and for Chelsea all attention turns to getting as many players fit as possible.

Maurizio Sarri gave his players a much-needed break after the final Premier League game of the season, before travelling for a friendly match with New England Revolution last week.

N’Golo Kante has handed Chelsea a massive injury boost after returning to training ahead of their Europa League final.

The World Cup winner is now working on his fitness to be fit enough for May 29 Europa League final showdown against rivals Arsenal, in Baku’s Olympic Stadium.

The courageous Kante joined Chelsea training session on Monday, May 20, ahead of set date as he recuperates from a hamstring strain, with the trip to Baku for the finale of his season.

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is excited about Kante’s return as he prepares for his career’s biggest game.

At the last count, Chelsea also lost midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek to injury last week after suffering an Achilles rupture during a Holocaust Memorial match in the US.

In addition, youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi is out of the contest with a similar problem, with both players recapturing from their recent surgery.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek has suffered a major injury ahead of Chelsea’s Europa League final against Arsenal after cropping a ruptured Achilles during a friendly win over New England Revolution in the US.

Chelsea battled the MLS campaigners in a postseason clash in Boston, winning 3-0, with Maurizio Sarri publicly expressing his worries about game before Gunners’ clash in Baku.

And now Loftus-Cheek failed to complete the contest after limping off with a suspected injury and will now miss the Europa League final and the start of 2019-20 campaign.

Manwhile, Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not be there because of the political context should be a tipping point.

Mkhitaryan announced his decision in a statement on Tuesday afternoon, citing the ongoing and longstanding conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.

 He said that he’d taken the “tough decision” after “having considered all the current options”.

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