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Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek hasn’t played competitive football in a year, after rupturing his Achilles in Chelsea’s end of season friendly against New England Revolution last May.
It’s now been a year since that incident, and while Loftus-Cheek was planning on resuming football, the coronavirus outbreak led to the suspension of football since March.
Loftus-Cheek has big expectations, and with the Euro 2020 postponed for a year, the 24-year-old is looking towards earning a place in the England national team ahead of the competition next year.
“I’ve put a lot of hard work into getting fit and had just finished what was kind of like my pre-season but then lockdown came,” Loftus-Cheek told the official Chelsea website.
“I thought it would be quicker so I had in my head if I can get back around midway through the season then I can hopefully build up my fitness and be sharp to be in contention for the Euros.
“Obviously it didn’t happen like that and it took me a long while to feel good in my body after my injury and have the confidence.
“Having the tournament next summer now is a good opportunity for me to stay injury-free, stay healthy and try to play my best football for when the time comes.”