Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri has advised Ruben Loftus-Cheek to take adequate care of his back issues to fulfil the immense promise he has shown in his short career.
The 23-year-old was the standout performer for Chelsea as the Blues grabbed a crucial away goal in the first leg of Europa League semifinals at the Commerzbank Arena.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek's game by numbers vs. Frankfurt:
87% pass accuracy
9/11 take-ons completed
3 chances created
2 fouls won
1 shot on target
1 chance created
Pictured here in his natural habitat…surrounded by opposition defenders. 👀 pic.twitter.com/OABJ3mcKLK
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) May 2, 2019
The Chelsea academy graduate has finally started to feature regularly for Maurizio Sarri’s side but was sidelined for more than a month earlier in the season because of his recurring back problems.
The Italian has now advised the youngster on how to act on his injuries,
“I don’t think Ruben will need surgery. We have to control him. He needs probably a particular way of training.
“I think that will be for a long period – probably forever. But I think we can avoid an operation.
“In the last month, Ruben has been able to train every day, which for us is very important. Now he is fit and in Frankfurt, he played very well. After 75-80 minutes he had cramp. That can happen. But I am really very happy with him.” Sarri Warned
The Chelsea head coach also went on to admit that it would be better for Ruben Loftus-Cheek if he’s rested for England’s venture in UEFA cup of nations in Portugal in June
“I will be happy for him if he is picked – but I think it is better for him to try to recover completely.”
The 23-year-old earlier in the season did reveal that he’d practising yoga and working extra routines with the Physios to lay the ghosts of his recurring back injuries to rest.