And Loftus-Cheek is back

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Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek hasn’t featured for the Blues since rupturing his achilles in Chelsea’s end of season friendly against New England Revolution last May.

The 24-year-old suffered a bad injury just before the Europa League final that has kept him out of action for nine months.

The Chelsea academy product has since resumed training and has been included in the matchday squad for the last three games, but is still short of match fitness.

Loftus-Cheek had only played an hour of football with the youth team last month, and Chelsea boss Frank Lampard admitted that he still needed to get his match fitness and won’t be available for the FA Cup clash with Liverpool, as he’d rather play with the development squad against Everton on Monday night.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek played the full 90 minutes of Monday night’s PL2 match at Aldershot, in which Chelsea beat Everton 1-0.

Loftus-Cheek had a good game as he played like a beast in midfield and won the penalty which was dispatched by Luke McCormick to maintain the development squad’s three-point lead at the top of the table.

There was a late moment of concern when Loftus-Cheek was chopped down by a challenge that earned an opponent a yellow card but after treatment he was on his feet to complete the game.

Loftus-Cheek could now be set for a second half appearance against Everton this weekend.

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