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Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek only got his second start of the season, in the 1-0 win against Norwich City on Tuesday night.
The 24-year-old hasn’t been involved in a competitive game for over a year, since suffering an Achilles injury in a friendly game against New England Revolution May last year.
Speaking about his performance against Norwich, Loftus-Cheek admitted it wasn’t his best as he’s yet to reach his peak since returning from a long-term injury.
He said: “I feel like I’m improving. My game’s coming on. I was really happy to start and get some more minutes. This injury is a lot different to previous ones I have had, and the explosiveness is still to come, but I’m getting there.”
Loftus-Cheek also feels confident Chelsea will finish the season in a top four position, especially with Manchester United and Leicester City facing each other on the last day of the season.
“We have to manage the pressure,” stressed Loftus-Cheek.
“We’re used to it playing for Chelsea, that comes with it. We have to do the job, and we really want to be in the Champions League next year so we’ll give it our all.
“We have two really tough games against Liverpool and Wolves to come, so it’s in our hands. We don’t want to be reliant on other results to put us through to the Champions League. We’re in a good position. We have got to nail it down and give it our all.”