Ruben Loftus-Cheek posted an injury update on social media, as he returned to action for Chelsea in a development squad friendly.
The midfielder got his first minutes under his belt in a 2-0 friendly defeat against Brentford B, as he looks to work his way back to fitness from an Achilles injury that has seen him sidelined since May.
He’s yet to make an appearance since the arrival of Frank Lampard as manager, but there are many supporters who are predicting he can be a major success under him and be key to the side.
“Back running with the ball at my feet,” Loftus-Cheek wrote on his official Instagram account following the Brentford match.
Chelsea’s first-team captain Cesar Azpilicueta responded with his delight, while 18-year-old rising talent Billy Gilmour also replied after featuring against Brentford B too.
Loftus-Cheek started the trend of the new batch of youngsters to develop from the academy into senior players, with the likes of Callum Hudson-Oodi Tammy Abraham, Fikayo Tomori, Reece James and Mason Mount all following in his footsteps.
The 24-year-old has been around the first-team at Stamford Bridge for a while now, but has had some bad luck with injuries.
He scored 10 goals in 40 games across all competitions last season and on his day can be a real driving force in the centre of the park.
The attack-minded central midfielder is a powerhouse that is so difficult for opponents to stop and there is no doubt he can add something to the current XI, but there is no point rushing him back too soon from a long-term injury layout.