SARRI EXPLAINS WHY LOFTUS-CHEEK HASN’T STARTED A GAME SINCE EARLY JANUARY

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Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek was ruled out for three weeks in early January after being forced off during Chelsea’s FA Cup third-round victory over Nottingham Forest due to a back injury.

Since returning from injury in late January, Loftus-Cheek is yet to start a game for Chelsea but has appeared as a substitute in each of Chelsea’s last five Premier League games.

According to Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri, the pattern of Loftus-Cheek coming in as a substitute will continue due to his inability to complete 90 minutes.

“In the last two or three weeks (his back is) better,” Sarri said.

“He has continued training the last two or three weeks. I think his physical condition is not at the top at the moment for playing for 90 minutes.

“The back now is better and better so I think that in two to three weeks he’ll be able to play for 90 minutes.”

Sarri also explained why he replaced Jorginho with N’Golo Kante against Dynamo Kiev.

“I wanted Jorginho on the pitch only for 50-55 minutes, I wanted Kante on the pitch only for 40-35 minutes,” Sarri said.

“So I was not able to choose him (Loftus-Cheek) because in my opinion was another substitution.

“But only for this reason because at the moment he’s not able to play for 90 minutes.”

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