Lampard says football postponement causes problem for Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Frank Lampard has said the football break has presented a good opportunity for a couple of Chelsea players to recover from injury but it has also caused a problem for Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
The Blues’ manager has had a Q&A session on Chelsea’s 5th stand app on Friday in which he answered several questions from the fans.
We hear from Frank Lampard (and his dogs 🐶!) on the team’s experience of self-isolating for the past two weeks…
Watch the full interview on the 5th Stand app! 📲
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) March 27, 2020
Lampard said he has told the players that he will be there for them individually during these tough times.
The former England international also confirmed Callum Hudson-Odoi has recovered from the coronavirus and said the 19-year-old “did not suffer too much” during the recovery.
Lampard sent a message to his players, saying: “However much we love Chelsea, and we are fortunate to do our jobs, it has certainly hit home for that.
“For me, my message to the players, as always, look after your family first at this time, do the basic things you can do to keep fit and when we can get the group together, the motivation will come.”
Regarding whether the postponement has helped those who are recovering from injury, Lampard said it has given N’Golo Kante and Hudson-Odoi some time to recover.
But he also mentioned Loftus-Cheek’s case which “frustrates” him.
He said: “We got to the stage where Ruben Loftus-Cheek looked like he was ready. But he was searching for match fitness and he lost that.”
Earlier this month, Lampard said that Loftus-Cheek and Christian Pulisic were involved in an in-house game to regain their match-fitness.
The 24-year-old suffered a ruptured Achilles in the friendly against New England Revolution at the end of last season and has been on the sidelines ever since.