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Lampard Reveals When Loftus-Cheek Is Likely To Return

Ruben Loftus-Cheek returned to first-team training last week after recovering from the Achilles injury which he sustained during Chelsea&...


Ruben Loftus-Cheek returned to first-team training last week after recovering from the Achilles injury which he sustained during Chelsea's 3-0 friendly win over New England Revolution in May 2019.

However, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has admitted that Loftus-Cheek still has a long way to go, and doesn't expect him to be ready before the International break.

“He had his first session with us fully on Friday, which was a light session and that suited him,” Lampard told chelseafc.com.

“He’s got a fair way to go still, and I’m not being pessimistic there. He probably needs a full week’s training with us, a tough week, and then he’ll need some Under-23 games.

“The break comes at a nice time for him, because it’s a nice time for him to work, and we’ll gauge it at the other end of that break and see where we are.

“I don’t care who you are, you’ll miss Ruben and his abilities, his natural physique, ability to travel with the ball, move it well, the goals he started to score last year – which have to be a big part of his game.

“Of course we’ll miss a player of that level and it put a smile on everyone’s face to see him back, because he’s popular with his team-mates as well.”

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