CHELSEA new boy Jimmy-Jay Morgan has flown out to the USA for knee surgery.
The 17-year-old agreed a £6million switch from Southampton in the January transfer window.
But Gianluca DI Marzio’s website is now reporting an injury that was discovered during the teenager’s medical has forced him to fly out to America for treatment.
Morgan uploaded a picture to social media of himself on board a plane with the “peace” emoji and an American flag.
He will head to Los Angeles for the surgery – and is set to go under the knife on Friday.
It is expected that Morgan will be sidelined for three months following the operation.
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And it means he faces a race to be fit for the summer.
The ex-Saints ace had hoped to feature for Chelsea during pre-season.
But those plans could now be scuppered if his rehabilitation takes any longer than predicted.
Morgan, who has signed a long-term deal with Chelsea, was a part of the Blues’ academy before he left for Southampton.
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He contributed six goals and five assists in 13 games for the south-coast side’s youth team.
And he made the bench for Saints’ Carabao Cup and FA Cup games prior to his January departure.
Chelsea’s head of youth development and recruitment, Jim Fraser, revealed following Morgan’s arrival that he was looking forward to working with him.
He said: “In signing Jimmy-Jay we have added a player with good potential to our academy squads.
“His ability marks him out as an exciting striker and we are delighted he has chosen Chelsea for this next, important stage of his development.”
Source: Soccer - thesun.co.uk