Chelsea and England midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has revealed he has had a number of setbacks in his return from a serious Achilles injury and he says he has even had to “learn to walk again”.
Loftus-Cheek ruptured his Achilles tendon in a post-season friendly with the New England Revolution in May and initial fears were that the 23-year-old may miss 12 months of action.
The midfielder is still undergoing rehabilitation and it is still going to be some time before Loftus-Cheek is back to full fitness, but boss Frank Lampard recently claimed Loftus-Cheek was stepping up his recovery by training outside.
The player himself, who says he was in the form of his life, before getting injured has refused to put a date on his return and has revealed how severe his injury was.
Speaking to WOWHYDRATE, Loftus-Cheek said: “To be honest I didn’t leave my house much, especially as I’ve been on crutches. I’ve just been playing on my Xbox, I’ve been on holiday once, it wasn’t great as my leg was in the cast so I couldn’t swim and it was really warm.”
“When it happened I turned and pushed off and I heard a clap, it was really loud and I thought someone had smashed me from behind. The referee gave a free-kick, he blew the whistle so he must have been close to me, but watching the tape back nobody was near me.
“As soon as I came out of my cast, I could barely lift my heel off the ground in a sitting position.
“To lift my leg up took maximum effort, with a big injury it’s really hard, you don’t see a difference everyday, you don’t wake up and think it’s a lot better every morning, it’s over a period of time. It’s more exciting the closer I get to making my comeback, the more I keep pushing I will be there soon.
“The big side of injuries is the mental side of it, so I had to stay positive and keep the right mind set. Even a tweet or a message from a fan makes a big difference to me. I’ve been at home with my mum, two brothers and my sister, they needed to look after me a lot, it was hard getting around in my cast. It was quite fun getting my sister to make me food all the time (laughs), my family have been fantastic through that period.
“When you have a good day you get excited, getting that much closer to getting back on the pitch again playing football, getting back in the gym and pushing it, so we will see how it goes.”
Loftus-Cheek, who has been capped 10 times by England, has claimed that his recovery has not been straight forward.
“I’ve actually had a few setbacks that have put me behind which has been quite frustrating to be honest. I’ve had to learn to walk again and I’ve only just got pain free but for sure I’m going to come back stronger, sharper and do whatever I can to be in better shape.
“Before I got injured I was playing my best football. I’ve missed feeling tired from running, from hard work, that feeling of being in a game again.
“Everything I’ve been working towards is for the feeling of stepping back onto that pitch again and I’m ready to go.”
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