Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has told Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel that he’s in a good position to play well after overcoming his injury problems.
Loftus-Cheek’s entire career has been punctuated by dizzying highs and despairing lows, from making his senior debut for his boyhood club in the Champions League at the age of just 18 to picking up a freak injury in Boston four-and-a-half years later that left him unable to walk for months.
The injuries and the loans, a season each at Crystal Palace and Fulham, have restricted the midfielder from racking up the starts and appearances he might otherwise have done as a Chelsea player in the seven years since his debut.
In all that time, Loftus-Cheek has started just 17 Premier League games for the Blues and recently made only his second-ever start in the Champions League as we won in Malmo.
The midfielder told Chelsea’s official website when asked about his lack of league starts for the Blues: “It doesn’t surprise me to be honest.
“I’ve obviously been here a long time but I’ve had a lot of injuries along the way and I’ve been out on loan twice now so that’s just the way my career has gone. It’s quite a low number that I’d like to build on and now is the time to really hit the ground running.
“After my injury, I struggled to come back and regain that fitness or feel confident in my body but now, after a season of playing a lot [at Fulham], I feel really good in myself mentally and physically. I’m in a good position to play well.”