Frank Lampard would be the happiest person in London. The Chelsea manager is now settling down in the league. To add the cherry on the cake, one of his best talents Ruben Loftus-Cheek has expressed that he is ‘ready to go’. A new which will spread joy in the hearts of all Chelsea fans.
The Blues are in a transition phase and with a transfer ban of one season, they all they had were the young legs until next summer. Sadly, after Loftus-Cheek’s Achilles tendon injury during post-season friendly against the New England Revolution, the team lacked depth.
He suffered the injury last season under Maurizio Sarri and had missed out on the Europa League final. It also prevented him from getting picked up for the Nations League finals for England.
The 23-year-old was in excellent form last season but the injury had cut short his season and had to sit on the sides to watch Lampard’s youngsters take the centre stage.
Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham have been impressive under the new manager. The return of Callum Hudson-Odoi has made the attack better. Now, with Loftus-Cheek ready to go the Blues can become a serious contender to finish in top three.
In an interview with WOWHYDRATE, he said, “To be honest I didn’t leave my house much, especially as I’ve been on crutches. I’ve just been playing on my Xbox, I’ve been on holiday once, it wasn’t great as my leg was in the cast so I couldn’t swim and it was really warm.
“When it happened I turned and pushed off and I heard a clap, it was really loud and I thought someone had smashed me from behind. The referee gave a free-kick, he blew the whistle so he must have been close to me, but watching the tape back nobody was near me.
“As soon as I came out of my cast, I could barely lift my heel off the ground in a sitting position. To lift my leg up took maximum effort, with a big injury it’s really hard, you don’t see a difference every day, you don’t wake up and think it’s a lot better every morning, it’s over a period of time,” he added.
“It’s more exciting the closer I get to making my comeback, the more I keep pushing I will be there soon.
“The big side of injuries is the mental side of it, so I had to stay positive and keep the right mindset. Even a tweet or a message from a fan makes a big difference to me.
“I’ve been at home with my mum, two brothers, and my sister, they needed to look after me a lot, it was hard getting around in my cast. It was quite fun getting my sister to make me food all the time (laughs), my family have been fantastic through that period.
While talking about his performance, Loftus-Cheek said,”Before I got injured I was playing my best football. I’ve missed feeling tired from running, from hard work, that feeling of being in a game again.”
“Everything I’ve been working towards is for the feeling of stepping back onto that pitch again and I’m ready to go.”
It would be interesting to see how Lampard would fit in Loftus-Cheek in a settled midfield with the likes of Ngolo Kante, Jorghino, Ross Barkley and Mateo Kovacic. It is a long a season and with Loftus-Cheek’s return, the manager is going to have a ‘good headache’ for team selection.
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