Armando Broja leaves Albania squad and returns to Chelsea training ahead of Arsenal clash
Posted by  badge Boss on Oct 13, 2023 - 09:53PM
Broja has started Chelsea’s last two games (Picture: Getty)

Armando Broja has left the Albania squad early to return to the training ground.

The 22-year-old suffered a knee ligament injury during a mid-season friendly against last December.

He was back in the Blues starting XI in games against Fulham and Burnley prior to the international break,

Chelsea have meticulously managed his return to the side with the striker called into the Albania squad ahead of the European Championship qualifiers against Czechia and friendly with Bulgaria.

Broja was left out of the squad that won 3-0 on Thursday night and ahead of Tuesday’s meeting with Albania and has since returned to London.

‘As for Broja, I have to give bad news,’ Albania boss Sylvinho said.

‘He was with the team for only two days. After consulting with our doctors and Chelsea’s, he can’t make it, he won’t be ready for tomorrow. We have other players to evaluate.’

Broja scored on his return against Fulham (Picture: Getty)

Chelsea are keen to manage Broja’s fitness with Arsenal coming to Stamford Bridge in their first game back after the international break on Saturday 21 September.

The club’s other striker Nicolas Jackson has also returned from international duty ahead of schedule. The summer signing from Villarreal

He was included in the Senegal squad for games against Cameroon and South Sudan but withdrew this week.

Jackson however is expected to be ready for the visit of the Gunners.

. The 25-year-old has been ever-present in Mauricio Pochettino’s starting XI this season, called into the France squad to replace the injured Dayot Upamecano.

Disasi himself withdrew shortly after however, undergoing a scan which revealed ‘a tear in the quadriceps of the left thigh’, according to a statement released by the French FA.

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