Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek was enjoying a good time trying to enter the first team, but a recent injury setback handed the academy product a blow.
The 22-year-old is currently behind Mateo Kovacic and Ross Barkley in the pecking order, and has been fighting to break into the team, but for a persistent back injury.
Loftus-Cheek was substituted three minutes before half-time in Chelsea’s 2-0 FA Cup win over Nottingham Forest in January due to a reoccurrence of a back injury that has troubled the midfielder for some time now, and he had to miss over a month of action.
The back injury was also the reason why the 22-year-old missed consecutive matches against Watford and Crystal Palace over the Christmas period.
Since his return in February, he has been getting some minutes in the second-half and was a second-half substitute in the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City.
Loftus-Cheek is determined to succeed at the club and believes that his time will come and he’d take his opportunity to impress the manager.
He told the official Chelsea website: “I was doing really well and I got injuries, so that doesn’t help, but if I can keep fit and be patient and keep working hard, improving as a player, then I believe that at some point I’ll get my opportunity.
“I feel close, especially getting opportunities coming on off the bench most games, so in those opportunities I need to do my best to help the team win, whether it be holding the lead or trying to get a goal. If I do well in those opportunities then hopefully the starts may come.
“Just trying to keep fit, especially with my back, has been really frustrating for me, but working with the physios and the medical team, I think we’re getting close to nailing that down and keeping my back feeling good.”