Loftus-Cheek plays first match in 9 months

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Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has now stepped up his return from injury.

The 24-year-old has been out for so long and has now played his first unofficial game in 9 months as he steps up his fitness by playing in a behind-closed-doors match on Tuesday.

Loftus-Cheek featured for the Chelsea development squad earlier today as Brentford B team won 2-0 with both the goals coming in the second half. 

The Chelsea academy product lasted an hour of the friendly against Brentford’s B-team at the Blues’ Cobham training complex.

According to Liam Twomey, Simon Johnson and Dominic Fifield of The Athletic, Loftus-Cheek felt “no ill effects” after the match.

A highlight of the game was on the stroke of half-time when Loftus-Cheek performed his trademark skill as he drove into the box and created space for a shot that whistled just wide.

Loftus-Cheek last played in May, when he ruptured his Achilles in a friendly tie against New England Revolution just before the Europa League final against Arsenal.

Per Twomey, “there’s still no timeframe for Loftus-Cheek’s return to first-team action.

Loftus-Cheek was a key player for Chelsea last season under Maurizio Sarri as he forced his way into the team at the latter part of the season. He contributed six Premier League goals and four goals in the Europa League last term.

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