Chelsea's Loftus-Cheek says injury battle was 'the toughest hurdle yet'

LONDON: Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek admits fighting to return from a serious Achilles injury while dealing with back problems has been a stressful experience.

Loftus-Cheek has been sidelined since suffering a torn Achilles tendon in a Chelsea friendly against New England Revolution in Boston last May.

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The 24-year-old English international was close to returning to action when the Premier league He was suspended earlier this month due to the coronavirus.

In an Instagram video discussing his long road to recovery, Loftus-Cheek said the power of positive thinking eventually helped him rehabilitate the Achilles and manage his old back problem.

My physical presence, how powerful I am, is my greatest strength, Loftus-Cheek said.

But my body is also my weakness. And that is just what I have to handle.

I have to manage my body, and that's what I've learned a lot from. So you are working smart, working hard but also listening to your body.

Be aware of your trip and pay attention to it. The mental side of injury is difficult.

Going through tough times hardens you and makes you a better player.

I have to have the mindset not to regret those things. I have those moments: 'who would I be now if I hadn't had those injuries?'

There is a correct way of thinking and an incorrect way of thinking. You have to practice, it is a skill, to think correctly.

I really didn't want to rush. The hardest part for me (being injured) has been watching the games.