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Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has been out of action since the end of last season when he suffered an Achilles injury in a charity game against New England Revolution last season.
The 24-year-old broke his way into the team last season but hasn’t played competitive football for nine months, and the academy product has revealed that he has been bracing himself for a return to action by keeping himself motivated.
“Tough times are definitely hard to stay motivated,” Loftus-Cheek tells the Chelsea fifth stand app.
“You have to remind yourself what your end goal is and keep reminding yourself so you have that motivation to keep going through these tough times because it is hard.’
He also said: “When I’m pulling into the car park it’s like a trigger that I’m here to work. I need to do everything I can to get better, and when I leave the training ground, I want to feel satisfied that I’ve done everything that I can.”
The 24-year-old is now close to returning to action and has been involved in the first team’s training recently.
Lampard has revealed that he wants the England international to try to rack up to 15-20 goals a season.
He told the Daily Mail: “From the conversations we’ve had, he wants it all.
“I remember watching Ruben score a hat-trick in the Europa League against BATE Borisov in October 2018.
“A couple were my kind of goals — six-yard box, bang. Nothing to shout about but I liked it.
“Ruben’s never been a rack-up-numbers man but I’ll definitely speak to him. Can he get 15, 20 goals in a season? He’s got that in him.”