Ruben Loftus-Cheek has been playing with back injury all season, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri reveals


Ruben Loftus-Cheek has been playing with back injury all season, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri reveals

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is finally free of a back injury which has hindered him all season, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has revealed.

The Blues academy graduate played a starring role during the club’s impressive 3-0 victory over Brighton on Wednesday night.

After turning a clever ball round the corner for Eden Hazard’s strike, Loftus-Cheek bent a spectacular effort into the top corner for his eighth goal of the season.

However, the Englishman’s breakthrough season at Stamford Bridge has been hindered by a persistent back problem.

Loftus-Cheek scored an absolute beauty in the second-half

He left the field in tears after his back flared up against Nottingham Forest in January and withdrew from the most recent England squad, but now Sarri reveals the midfielder is playing free from pain.

The Italian told talkSPORT: “Loftus-Cheek, for the first time this season, is without the problem in his back.

“So now he is able to train every day and now he’s doing very well. The potential of Loftus-Cheek is very high.