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The return of Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek will be like a new signing for Frank Lampard as the 23-year-old is yet to play a single game under Lampard even during the pre-season.
Loftus-Cheek is yet to feature for the Blues this season due to an injury suffered just before the Europa League final last season.
It was hoped the 23-year-old will return before the end of the year but the recovery process has taken much longer than hoped.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has now given positive update on the young midfielder and revealed that he’s close to a return from injury and is currently training with the academy team.
Lampard said: “He is actually training now with the Under-16s, with the Under-18s, and progression to the under-23s in a pretty short space of time. the sooner he can be back training with us, the better, but we train with a real intensity.
“When you’ve been out for a long time, it’s very standard you bring him through the Academy years.
“There’s a different look on Ruben’s face. He is more smiley and happy which I understand. It’s been tough for him. He’s not one who walks around with his head down or creates a negative atmosphere, but it’s a lonely place. That’s for everybody. He’s integrating more towards us which is great news for all of us.
“The player he is, the lad he is, it can be easily forgotten from the outside we have missed a hugely influential player. If he can be training with us after the break, it might still need some competitive games but he might not be far away.”