LOFTUS-CHEEK RETURNS TO CHELSEA

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Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has returned to Chelsea for treatment on the ankle injury sustained in late December.

The 22-year-old midfielder is currently on loan at Premier League side Crystal Palace.

Loftus-Cheek picked up the ankle injury during Palace’s 3-2 home defeat to Arsenal just after Christmas.

“Chelsea insist on having him back there on this period of rehabilitation, so we won’t really know until such time that they release him back to us,” said Roy Hodgson as quoted on The Guardian.

“The agreement was that he would spend two to three weeks without having an surgical intervention, in the hope that the problem he has will be resolved naturally.

“During that time, Chelsea have insisted they take care of that because they regard him as their player. We will now wait for that period to pass, then he’ll come back to us. We will then test whether or not the injury is still there or whether, as they think, the injury has cleared up. So there’s another 10-14 days to go before I can tell you anything about Ruben Loftus-Cheek at all. I haven’t seen him literally for 10 days.”

Loftus-Cheek has impressed during his loan spell at Palace, making 15 Premier League starts. His performances for Palace earned him his first two senior England caps in November’s friendlies against Germany and Brazil.

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