Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Ruben Loftus-Cheek was taken off after 60 minutes in last night’s game, and there was an element of disbelief around the stadium.

He was playing so well that nobody was quite sure why his manager thought it was time to withdraw him from the action just as we pushed for a second.

But Maurizio Sarri has explained before, including in the buildup to this game, that the midfielder is not medically cleared to play full games. Fans in the stadium who weren’t happy about that call, but they clearly haven’t been paying attention to his press conferences recently.

Ruben brings an incredible dynamism to our team, and Sarri can see that. By not playing him, he’s only following orders from the medical team.

Hopefully the consistent hour long showings the midfielder is putting in, apparently without issue, means that he’s able to gradually build back up to playing full games again.

Then again, with N’Golo Kante as your two other midfielders, there’s really no issue with taking off Ruben is needs be after an hour every week.

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