Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has revealed he wasn’t the player he once was after he recovered the Achilles injury that kept him out for months.
He told Chelsea’s YouTube channel: “I came back from injury, didn’t feel myself, didn’t feel powerful.
“I wasn’t running past people, I lost a lot of muscle and power. I felt like I needed to get away and play as much football as possible, and I got that.”
Last season’s loan at Fulham, with 32 games played, provided him with much-needed game time and he has returned to the Cobham training ground physically and mentally refreshed.
He added: “(This summer) was relaxed. I had a little bit longer than usual, so I feel fit now, mentally fresh and ready to go.”