The Blues midfielder was part of a strong squad to face New England in a match raising awareness for antis-emitism, coming off the bench at half-time.

Loftus-Cheek was taken off after just over an hour of the game, with academy starlet Conor Gallagher coming on in his place.

ESPN FC correspondent Liam Twomey described the injury as one that would likely end his season.

Manager Maurizio Sarri was left reeling over the prospect of taking his stars to America just days after the conclusion of the Premier League season, and with a Europa League final to prepare for.

And now it seems likely that his fears were justified, as Twomey wrote on Twitter: “I’d be very surprised if that isn’t the end of Loftus-Cheek’s season.

“The reason for this friendly is unimpeachable but the timing always left the possibility for something like this. Sarri was right to be worried.”

Chelsea were due to give their players four days of holiday after the game at Gillette Stadium, but now it seems Loftus-Cheek will be forced to head straight for the treatment room.

Chelsea take on London rivals Arsenal in Baku on May 29.

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