Frank Lampard provides injury update on £60,000-a-week midfielder

We’ve seen it so many times in football where it can take a footballer a full campaign to get fit and get back to their best after a lengthy injury, so it won’t shock anyone to see Chelsea manager sticking by Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

England international has been on the verge of a breakthrough for years but always struggled for minutes, while it was especially cruel to see him pick up a long term injury in the same campaign where Frank Lampard started to give opportunities to the teenagers.

At his best, Ruben’s able to control a game from the midfield and he’s so dangerous when he glides forward, but it will take time for him to get back to that level.

Loftus-Cheek didn’t have a great match with Brighton earlier in the week so there may have been some fears that he wouldn’t get many more opportunities, but it’s clear that his boss has a lot of faith in him

It’s worth noting that the London giants have made some big money additions this summer and there could be more on the way, so it might even reach a point where he needs to go on loan to play every match for a team to work his way back to fitness.

Timo Werner and Kai Havertz were both handed their home debuts for the club after starting with Brighton. Blues have made six additions so far this summer but the other arrivals, such as Ben Chilwell and Hakim Ziyech, are currently unavailable with injuries.