Injury Update: Massive blow as Chelsea star is set to sit out the season

Chelsea striker Armando Broja is expected to miss the rest of the season

According to the Evening Standard, Chelsea striker Armando Broja is expected to miss the rest of this season as the ACL injury he picked up needs surgery.

During the friendly against Aston Villa on Sunday (December 11), Broja picked up a nasty knee injury and had to be stretchered off. The scream in pain suggested that there was something to worry about.

Once the surgery is done, the Albania international will start his rehabilitation programme in a bid to come back as soon as possible, although not plausible for this season.

A minimum of five and a maximum of 12 months is required for a player to recover from this nasty anterior cruciate ligament injury. It is such a shame for a young player to have to deal with such a massive setback. We hope and wish for his swift and great recovery.

From Chelsea’s viewpoint, this is a massive blow as they already have a shortage of goals from their numbers nines this season so far. Kai Havertz and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang haven’t done enough, hence an opportunity would have risen for Broja to start more games regularly in the second half of this campaign.

Chelsea striker Armando Broja is expected to miss the rest of the season.
Chelsea striker Armando Broja is set to miss the rest of this season due to injury. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

But, that is out of the equation now. As suggested in the report, the Blues could dip in the market to sign a striker in January. Veteran Cristiano Ronaldo is available for free. The club is also looking to sign young Dortmund striker Youssoufa Moukoko in January. They are also in the race to sign want-away Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix.

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It remains to be seen what option Graham Potter and his staff go with. It is clear now that going with only Aubameyang and Havertz as options upfront for the rest of this season could backfire badly. The Blues are already playing the chasing game having found themselves eighth in the league at the close of the first half of this campaign.

We need a solid solution to this problem and not a temporary patch-up. The January transfer window offers just the stage to do that.