Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Loftus-Cheek: I Had to Learn to Walk Again after Injury

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Loftus-Cheek: I Had to Learn to Walk Again after Injury

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Byline: Giuseppe Muro

CHELSEA midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has revealed he had to learn to walk again after rupturing his Achilles tendon at the end of last season. The 23-year-old suffered the devastating injury while playing in a friendly against New England Revolution in May and is set to miss a large chunk of this season.

Speaking publicly for the first time about his injury hell, Loftus-Cheek said: "I have had to learn to walk again. 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.

"The big side of injuries is the mental part of it, so I had to stay positive and keep the right mindset.

"Even a tweet or a message from a fan makes a big difference to me.

"I have actually had a few setbacks that have put me behind which has been quite frustrating. …

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