Ruben Loftus Cheek

It is getting ever closer to the return of Ruben Loftus-Cheek to the field of play, wearing that famous royal blue shirt once again.

He has not played since the start of last summer, after rupturing his achilles in a pointless match. Without going into that too much, let’s hope lessons were harshly learned there.

Now, almost halfway through a new season, Loftus-Cheek has kicked his first ball since before his injury, and it finally feels like we will soon see him back out on the pitch again.

It looks like we will see him playing for Chelsea again early in the new year, ironically around January, a time when Chelsea can add to the squad with new players.

I will argue that Loftus-Cheek coming back, is better than any new signing we could add next month, but we cannot expect him to have that impact right away.

I’ve seen fans become more than frustrated with some cameo performances from Callum Hudson-Odoi after coming back from the same injury as Loftus-Cheek.

Baring in mind that they did their injuries in close succession, Hudson-Odoi’s return time was nothing short of being miraculous.

Yet he is still being criticised for his performances by some. Whilst I agree he is looking rusty, what exactly are you expecting after such a serious injury and such a long time out?

I have no doubt that he will find his feet and be the player he was last season, as will Loftus-Cheek.

But fan patience is essential, even more so for Loftus-Cheek because he’s been out even longer.

I’m not saying that he will definitely be rusty, he might not be. He could surprise us all and come back like he never left, that would be unreal.

But we have to lay the foundations of patience just in case. Because when he comes back and he bangs, we potentially have one of the best midfielders in world football within a year or two.

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