Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has revealed he has been forced to learn how to walk again after suffering an Achilles injury at the end of last season.
The incident took place during the Blues’ end-of-season friendly against the New England Revolution, which ruled him out of the Europa League final meeting with Arsenal and the start of the current campaign.
It has been a long five months for Loftus-Cheek since suffering the injury, and the England international has opened up on the full extent of the problem.
“I’ve had to learn to walk again,” he told Wow Hydrate. “As soon as I came out of my cast, I could barely lift my heel off the ground in a sitting position.
“When it happened I turned and pushed off and I heard a clap, it was really loud and I thought someone had smashed me from behind. The referee gave a free kick, he blew the whistle so he must have been close to me, but watching the tape back nobody was near me.
"To lift my leg up took maximum effort. With a big injury it’s really hard, you don’t see a difference every day, you don’t wake up and think it’s a lot better every morning, it’s over a period of time. It’s more exciting the closer I get to making my comeback, the more I keep pushing. I will be there soon.”