Sport Ruben Loftus-Cheek picked up an injury on England duty

14:05  14 september  2018
14:05  14 september  2018 Source:   readsport.co

Loftus-Cheek could join Palace in January move

  Loftus-Cheek could join Palace in January move Ruben Loftus-Cheek could find himself on the move again during the January transfer window, with the midfielder refusing to rule out a return to Crystal Palace. Speaking to The Guardian, Loftus-Cheek was quizzed about his future, with the England international struggling to break into the Chelsea first-team squad under Maurizio Sarri. “Possibly but it is still far away. There are still a lot of games to play and I just have to see what happens. Right now I am at Chelsea and my focus is at Chelsea and learning at Chelsea. That is in the future and we will deal with that when it comes.” The midfielder, who impressed at Palace and with England over the summer, turned down moves away from Stamford Bridge in an attempt to nail down a first-team place, but that is yet to happen. Loftus-Cheek faces a battle to break into the side with Sarri using a 4-3-3 system. Both Jorginho and N’Golo Kante are going to be regulars under the Italian, leaving Ross Barkley, summer signing Mateo Kovacic and Loftus-Cheek battling it out for that third and final spot.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek injured hit foot whilst on England duty and as such, he’s set to be out for around two weeks.

That means that the midfielder, who looked set to get some minutes on the pitch in Chelsea’s upcoming midweek games, could be unavailable for the upcoming games against Cardiff, PAOK and West Ham, as well as the consecutive games against Liverpool.

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Loftus-Cheek hasn’t been able to force his way into Maurizio Sarri’s team at the start of the season, but as the fixture list becomes more congested due to the Europa League and the League Cup, the England international looked like he was going to get some much-needed game time.

Loftus-Cheek should start for England says Higginbotham

  Loftus-Cheek should start for England says Higginbotham Former football-turned pundit Danny Higginbotham wants to see Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek start for England tonight. Speaking on TalkSPORT, Higginbotham explained that Loftus-Cheek could be the key to England unlocking their midfield. “I know he’s not playing week in, week out for Chelsea, but someone like Loftus-Cheek starting alongside the defensive midfielder. Then he is able to go through and is able to take the ball, because I don’t see there being much space behind the Swiss defence for England to take advantage with the pace that they’ve got.” Many are expecting Loftus-Cheek to start in what is set to be a heavily-rotated England side. Gareth Southgate’s side face Switzerland tonight as they look to finish the first international break of the season on a high. The Three Lions come into the game after an unfortunate 2-1 defeat at Wembley to Spain in the new UEFA Nations League. Loftus-Cheek impressed at the World Cup during the summer as he showed his promise on the international stage. However, he has failed to break into the team at Stamford Bridge under Maurizio Sarri so far this season, raising questions about his place in the England squad.

However, this injury looks set to sideline the 22-year-old, which will be a major blow as Loftus-Cheek is determined to show Sarri that he deserves to be included in his matchday squad on a regular basis

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Chelsea's Ruben Loftus-Cheek to miss both games against Liverpool .
Ruben Loftus-Cheek will miss both of Chelsea’s games against Liverpool this week, according to a report from Matt Law of The Telegraph. The England midfielder returned from international duty with a lower leg injury and Chelsea gave him an injection at the weekend, hoping that the intervention would help with his rehabilitation. However, the midfielder’s injury has seemingly not responded to the treatment as well as the Blues hoped it would and as such, he’s set to be sidelined for at least another week. That means that the 22-year-old will not play at Anfield on Wednesday evening, or at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. In truth, Chelsea would have needed to have some type of an injury crisis in order for Loftus-Cheek to play at the weekend, but there was a very good chance of him playing in the League Cup game as Maurizio Sarri is expected to make plenty of changes for that match. The Blues are also likely to be without Antonio Rudiger and Pedro for both games against the Reds.

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