Chelsea attacker forced off with an ankle injury for his country, spotted with an ice pack last night
Armando Broja’s appearance for Albania last night was cut short when he was substituted early in the second half due to injury.
His team was defeated 3-1 by Italy in an international friendly, but the Blues will be more concerned about the ice pack on his ankle.
The injury occurred on the same day that an interview with the president of Albanian football was made public, in which he suggested that the 21-year-old should switch clubs in order to play more minutes.
Broja has experienced a difficult first season at Stamford Bridge.
After impressing with regular starts for Southampton, he has only started twice for the Blues.
Former manager Thomas Tuchel lacked apparent confidence in him. The rumors of his departure from the club persisted until he actually left.
Armando Broja injured for Albania
Broja excelled in both of his starts against Brentford, where his speed posed significant problems for defenders like Ben Mee.
The striker may have hoped to use this international match as a chance to build form prior to the Blues’ warm-weather training camp scheduled for this World Cup break.
Due to Albania’s inability to qualify for the tournament, he will be playing alongside Trevoh Chalobah and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, both of whom were not selected.
A few weeks working under Graham Potter without a match every three days should be advantageous for the first-team squad, especially for those on the periphery seeking to prove they are capable of more.
This accurately describes Broja, although the extent of this injury sustained on international duty is still unknown.