Chelsea defender, Antonio Rudiger will miss the rest of the season after suffering a knee injury which requires surgery.
He was forced to come off after 65 minutes in that encounter, having had a huge hand in the team’s leveller just before half time. He left the stadium on crutches after injuring his knee in an innocent off-ball incident.
Speaking to the club’s official website immediately after the game, Maurizio Sarri stated. “The most serious situation is Antonio Rudiger with his knee. Willian is in trouble at the moment but I think it’s only a knock so we can try to recover him. For the next match in the Europa League probably Antonio will be out.”
Rudiger‘s loss, confirmed by the club today, will prove a blow to Chelsea. The club is currently in a bid for both a top-four Premier League finish and Europa League glory.
The 26 year old will be sidelined for both legs of the Europa League semi-final against Eintracht Frankfurt. As well as the potential final.
He will also miss the final two league games of the season, against Watford and Leicester, with Chelsea looking to hold on to fourth spot and qualification for next season’s Champions League.