Chelsea defender picks up injury on international duty

Ethan Ampadu will not travel to Albania with the Wales squad for Tuesday’s international fixture due to injury and as such, he has returned to Chelsea for treatment.

The teenager was rather cynically driven into he advertising hoardings in the dying moments of Friday’s 2-1 loss against Denmark, with Kasper Dolberg the man whose hip-check sent Ampadu into the barrier.

Usually, fans of club sides don’t want to see their players on international duty but with Ampadu hardly getting a sniff of first-team action at Chelsea, getting regular minutes for Wales was a huge positive for all parties.

However, the squad will face Albania without the 18-year-old, and he’ll return to the Blues to begin treatment on any injuries that he picked up.

Wales boss Ryan Giggs was not pleased with what happened to Ampadu, calling it a cheap shot.

He said:

You’ve got a lad who has just turned 18, broke his leg when he was 17. It was a late tackle. I realise we’re not playing tiddlywinks and tackling is part of the game – and I like that – but for a young lad who’s been injured badly, it was a cheap shot. That’s why I reacted. And I was proud of the players, how they reacted protecting a young player, which is how it should be.

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