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Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley spent over two months on the sidelines before returning to score against Nottingham Forest on Sunday.
The England international had injury worries and last played for Chelsea in mid-October before Sunday’s FA Cup victory against Nottingham Forest.
Barkley marked his return with a fine goal and also had a good game.
Barkley has now revealed how he was forced to train with just his left foot for some weeks after suffering chips to two bones in his right.
“It felt great to just be back on the pitch,” Barkley said at Stamford Bridge. “I haven’t played for a while. After I injured my foot, I had a setback for a while. I was in pain until probably a couple of weeks ago when I became pain-free.
“I have put in a lot of hard work and I was grateful to get a start today and get a goal. It is tough to be on the side watching games. You want to be on the pitch. But I had trouble.
“I had fine chips on two parts of my bone in my foot so it was really painful. I just had to bide my time and keep working hard.
“I couldn’t really kick the ball with my right foot so I was training with my left. But now I feel good and I am ready to get back in the side and keep working hard.
“I was trying my hardest to pass the ball in training with my right foot but it was that painful I just had to train with my left foot. Some days I would have to come out of training because it would be really painful, but for the last two or three weeks, I have been pain-free so I have been putting in the extra yards.”