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Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley aggravated his foot injury against Newcastle that kept him out from mid-October to the start of this month, and the 26-year-old has had little playing time this season.
However, Barkley’s 90 minutes performance against Burnley last weekend was the first time the 26-year-old has completed successive 90 minutes at club level since joining Chelsea from Everton two years ago. As a matter of fact, it was the first time since April 2017 that he has had such regular performance.
Barkley has now admitted that playing regularly was important to his physical condition, as well as his form and confidence.
“It helps me,” he stated. “I’m a big lad, I’m powerful and for me to feel at my best with 90 minutes after 90 minutes helps me be at my best. I’m feeling really good and I’m looking forward to helping us do as well as we can from now until the end of the season.”
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has hailed the English midfielder and has backed him to come back strong.
Lampard said: “Ross is a driven boy. He got into the first team at Everton at a young age, he got into the international team at a relatively young age, so people maybe gauge him slightly differently.
“If you have little knocks or moments in your career then it is important you show character and he is certainly showing that in terms of how he is around the place. I always believe how you train relates to how you play and in the last two games he has played he has shown that.”