Ruben Loftus-Cheek explains how it hurts him to watch Chelsea win
Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has been out of the team for almost a year due to ruptured Achilles and shared what has hurt him the most during his recovery.
It was a tough blow for Loftus-Cheek. The 24-year-old sustained the injury in a post-season friendly against New England Revolution.
For some fans, it was a rather silly, meaningless match to risk the players’ fitness ahead of the Europa League final. But Loftus-Cheek knew it was for “a good cause” which is to fight against antisemitism.
In a short documentary on Chelsea’s official website, Loftus-Cheek said: “I played most of my games in the Europa League from the start so for me not to play in the final, it was a big thing which hurt.”
“The hardest part for me is watching the games, seeing them play and win – or even lose – it is hard. I can’t wait to get back.”
Loftus Cheek was instrumental in Chelsea’s Europa League-winning campaign last term. He featured in 11 games, bagging four goals and three assists, including one vital goal he scored in the second leg of the semifinal against Eintracht Frankfurt.
It was definitely frustrating for him but fortunately for Chelsea, they have a player with the right mentality for a footballer.
Loftus-Cheek continued: “I have them moments [where you think], who would I be now if I hadn’t had those injuries? But I have to counter them and think who would I be without [having been through] those injuries.”
Seeing his former academy teammates have emerged into Chelsea stars under Frank Lampard, the England international said: “Honestly I am so excited, I can’t wait to play with them and share the pitch with them.”
Before the football postponement, Loftus-Cheek played with the U23s, as well as taking part in an in-house match. He is close to returning but still needs to regain match fitness.