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Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s promise ahead of new season

Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s promise ahead of new season

Loftus-Cheek’s struggles

Ruben Loftus-Cheek has, of course, endured a rough couple of seasons, largely due to injuries and a lack of regular football at Chelsea.

After returning from a loan spell at Crystal Palace in 2018, though, things did appear to be looking up for the midfielder.

Maurizio Sarri was at the helm at Stamford Bridge at the time, and the Italian handed RLC plenty of game-time, especially in Europe.

However, towards the back end of the term, Loftus-Cheek suffered yet another injury, which subsequently ruled him out for not only the remainder of that campaign, but most of 2019/20, too.

Then, after appearing in a solitary league game at the start of this past season, under Frank Lampard, the midfielder was shipped off on loan to Fulham.

Loftus-Cheek would go on to score one goal in 31 outings for the now-Championship outfit.

Loftus-Cheek promises to hit ground running

Such a disappointing return suggested that RLC’s stint at Stamford Bridge would likely be coming to a close this summer, given the insane amount of competition at Chelsea right now.

But with just under two weeks to go until the campaign starts, Loftus-Cheek is still on the Blues’ books, amid minimal talk of a potential transfer.

The Englishman also seems pretty confident ahead of the new campaign, assuring that this will be the term in which he hits the ground running:

‘I had last season as a season where I can find my feet and it definitely felt like that at the start.

‘I was struggling mentally and needed to focus on just taking risks in training and get that feel back, but it eventually came and I was doing really well in games, so I have had my injury and I’ve had a season now to get fit and feel confident in my body and this season is where I hit the ground running.’

RLC also had the following to say regarding his fitness:

‘I feel really fit now and strong, and hopefully the injuries stay away.

‘Last season was my first full injury-free season which is a massive positive for me, because I always used to get niggles.

‘Even though I was fit I would be out for a week or a couple of days, miss a couple of matches, but last season was good for my body to be fit every training session and available for every game.’

Quotes via Goal.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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