Ruben Loftus Cheek Neymar

Another night of international football, another injury problem for a Chelsea player.

Antonio Conte
At least this one won’t be affecting Antonio Conte directly…

Thankfully for Antonio Conte, this one will not affect him directly, but it could prove to be a major headache for managerial counterpart Roy Hodgson.

Academy product Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who is spending the 2017/18 campaign on-loan at Crystal Palace, hobbled off after 34 minutes with what appeared to be a back injury.

It was clear to see that Loftus-Cheek would not be able to continue soon after the impact, but only time will tell how serious an injury it is, and how long he will be sidelined for – if at all.

Positives to be taken

Although Loftus-Cheek’s first senior international experience did not end how he would have liked, all signs are positive.

After being named man of the match following his debut against Germany on Friday, Gareth Southgate opted to start him once again against Brazil. This is only the beginning for Loftus-Cheek…

Loftus Cheek
Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek was named man of the match following his England debut against Germany.
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