Chelsea’s Brown faces long spell out with cruciate injury

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Chelsea youngster Izzy Brown faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a knee injury.

Brown, on a season-long loan at Brighton, suffered the injury during their FA Cup win against Crystal Palace on Monday.

A scan has subsequently revealed the 21-year-old has sustained anterior cruciate ligament damage.

Brown must undergo surgery, almost certainly ruling him out until next season.

The England Under-20 international has made one first-team appearance for Chelsea, who signed him from West Bromwich Albion in 2013.

He has previously been on loan at Huddersfield, where he played a key role in their promotion last season, Rotherham and Dutch club Vitesee Arnhem.