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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has revealed that Ruben Loftus-Cheek will be a part of the squad to face Tottenham at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.
The 24-year-old hasn’t played a game this season since injuring himself in the charity game against New England Revolution last May.
Loftus-Cheek was due to feature in the U23 clash against Arsenal on Monday, but was omitted from the squad, and Lampard has explained why.
“He had a small issue so we felt it wasn’t right to risk him in a game at that time,” said the Chelsea boss.
“It was tiny but it was one of those where we wanted to control him more rather than have him in a 90-minute Under-23s game so we came away from that.”
Lampard has now revealed that Loftus-Cheek is still lacking match fitness, but he could use the 24-year-old as a secret weapon in the second half if need be.
“He still needs match fitness,” he explained. “By putting him in the squad, we’re hoping he can be an impact if he has to come on because I can already see his abilities out there and what he can bring. I knew them already but to see them first-hand in training has been nice.
“Can he sustain that over 90 minutes at the moment? No, so we’ll have to work towards that but if he’s on the bench then he’ll have to be ready. If something happens in minute one, you’d maybe consider not doing it but if there is a chance for an impact then we know the quality he can bring.”