In-form Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has suffered what looks to be a potentially serious injury as the Blues play a huge Champions League game at Valencia.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard put forth a strong lineup with the Blues level on points with both Ajax and Valencia in Group H, needing a win to take an advantage with one game still remaining. Abraham, who has enjoyed a breakout year, was part of that starting lineup and forced a fabulous save of Valencia goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen about five minutes before halftime.
Just minutes later, with 60 seconds to go before the break, Abraham rose high to meet a corner delivery by Willian but came crashing down on top of Ezequiel Garay, undercut by the Valencia midfielder, landing awkwardly on Garay’s leg. He received treatment and walked off under his own power, but was shown on television wincing in severe pain while walking gingerly with trainer help down the touchline back to the tunnel, his left hip or ribs appearing to be the troublesome spot. He was in clear discomfort, closing his eyes and yelling on multiple occasions.
At halftime, journalists and television cameras caught Abraham eventually succumbing to his injury enough to require a stretcher to carry him down the tunnel.
Abraham has been a critical piece of Chelsea’s youth revolution this season, scoring 10 goals in 13 Premier League appearances this season. The 22-year-old Chelsea youth product has appeared in every league goal for Chelsea this season so far, as well as all four Champions League matches to date.
Chelsea was level 1-1 with Valencia at halftime, when Abraham was replaced by Michy Batshuayi. The Belgian could be in line for a serious increase in playing time should Abraham be out of action for the near future.