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Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek ruptured his Achilles in a friendly with American side New England revolution back in May.
The injury came at a wrong time for Loftus-Cheek who had only just broken into the Chelsea first team and was in line to feature in the Europa League final.
The 23-year-old has been out since then and it hasn’t been an easy process for him.
Loftus-Cheek is now close to full fitness, and he has revealed how messages from fans and their support have helped in his rehabilitation.
Speaking to WOWHYDRATE Ruben said: “The big side of injuries is the mental side of it, so I had to stay positive and keep the right mind set.
“Even a tweet or a message from a fan makes a big difference to me.
“I’ve been at home with my mum, two brothers and my sister, they needed to look after me a lot, it was hard getting around in my cast. It was quite fun getting my sister to make me food all the time, my family have been fantastic through that period.
“When you have a good day you get excited, getting that much closer to getting back on the pitch again playing football, getting back in the gym and pushing it, so we will see how it goes.
“I’ve actually had a few setbacks that have put me behind which has been quite frustrating to be honest.
“I’ve had to learn to walk again and I’ve only just got pain free but for sure I’m going to come back stronger, sharper and do whatever I can to be in better shape.
“Before I got injured I was playing my best football. I’ve missed feeling tired from running, from hard work, that feeling of being in a game again.
“Everything I’ve been working towards is for the feeling of stepping back onto that pitch again and I’m ready to go.”